I keep trying to think of things to talk about and I keep bumping up against Christmas. It’s on my mind partly because my head’s been immersed in White Christmas all during the writing of Be Careful, It’s My Heart, and because I totally admit to starting my Charlie Brown Christmas Pandora station two whole weeks ago (no shame). But also because it’s so…IN YOUR FACE. Retailers everywhere had Christmas stuff out before Halloween was even off the shelves. And now I hear that there are all these stores that will be OPEN on THANKSGIVING.
Leave it to America to ruin a holiday that’s supposed to be about gratitude with blatant and crass commercialism.
THE ONLY high point to all of this is that the big sales are starting early and I can probably knock out my Christmas shopping entirely online this week. Given I’ve been promising myself I’d shop throughout the year and be done by now, I’ll accept a chance to do it all with Amazon Prime and be done.
It’s going to be a weird holiday. My husband has to work his usual 12 hour shift. Emergency personnel never get off, as they’re 24/7 services. His mom and I are making food to take up to them. And then it’ll be a small family gathering. I’ve already started the cleaning and early food prep. We’re pretty traditional as far as food. I’m in charge of the turkey (I always brine) and the dressin‘ (which I learned at the elbow of MY grandmother). My mother-in-law will make the sweet potato casserole (the kind with the marvelous pecan topping that tastes like dessert–none of your creepy marshmallows). And my mom will make hot pineapple salad, which sounds weird, I know, but, I promise, is marvelous. She also has this asparagus casserole that I personally think is revolting (anything that uses CANNED asparagus doesn’t constitute actual food). One of these days, I’m going to remake the recipe using all fresh ingredients. And then, of course, there will be PIE. Chocolate this year, I think.
What are your Thanksgiving dishes?