Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Turkey Day!

For those of you outside of the USA, today is Thanksgiving Stateside. It's a time to get up early, spend time with loved ones, eat way too much (turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, asparagus, greens, rolls, corn, liquored egg nog, oh my!), put up all your Christmas decorations and pass out early (from all the turkey, obviously), only to wake up before the break of dawn on Black Friday so you can go out to push, shove and generally maim all who stand between you and the one $10 computer that's being put on "Super Sale". 

Oh, and it's also a time to reflect and to give thanks for all the blessings in your life. As you are reading this now, know that I am thankful for you. Yes, you. You! It sounds cheesy, but it's completely true. This year is the first in which I am spending it away from my immediate family, on the holiday that is typically hosted for my entire extended family at my parents' house. Its made even more bittersweet by the fact that part of what made Thanksgiving so memorable was my place at the table was always to the left of my now late grandfather, who passed away in August. I think it goes without saying that my thoughts will be with him today.

Rather than divert your attentions to the ever-relevant "Thanksgiving Song" by Adam Sandler, I will instead offer up this sketch idea from Saturday Night Live. I hope it doesn't put you off your pumpkin pie. (wink) Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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