Te quiero Turkey Day.
Have a great one, everyone!
Happy Turkey Day!
I hope you enjoy:
You can do as much or as little as you like — that’s something to be thankful right there.
And as you consider your entertainment choices, I want to point out one available to you online — a collection of ten of the greatest Thanksgiving episodes from television, comedy and drama.
I found the list on TVSquad.com, and I have to say — they hit the turkey right in the stuffing on this one. These truly are the greatest Turkey Day TV celebrations of all time — ranked in the correct order, I might add — complete with clips for your viewing pleasure.
Gilmore Girls. Friends. Cheers. Everybody Loves Raymond. WKRP in Cincinnati. Plus five more. (It is a list of ten, you know.) I guarantee you’ll laugh.
And it should clear up any lingering confusion you might have about turkeys flying.
Celebrating a less traditional Turkey Day?
But perhaps we should consider adding pumpkin pie back to the mix.
A new study reveals that pumpkin — one of Thanksgiving’s mainstays — has an exciting alternative use.
Chicago’s Smell and Taste Research Center found that men really like pumpkin, but not necessarily because of the taste. Apparently the smell of pumpkin ‘turns them on’ more than any other scent.
The scientists measured arousal by the amount of penile blood flow. (He he — I know, right?) Vanilla and strawberry scored next highest in the study.
Of all the foods traditionally served at the ginormous Turkey Day dinner that I am purposefully avoiding this year, pumpkin pie is my favorite. I usually buy one at Thanksgiving and eat on it for the next week or so. But this year?
I’m gonna save some to put behind my ears.
The question of the week is:
“So…big dinner plans for Thursday?”
And my answer is: No, actually. I don’t.
I don’t do the big Thanksgiving dinner anymore. And it’s not because I’m sad or lonely or have no friends or family.
It’s a conscious choice.
But, man — the way folks look at you when you say that! Their eyes get sad, and they immediately try to include you in their family dinners.
It’s so sweet and very much appreciated, but unnecessary. There are just other ways I’d rather give thanks besides eating a big meal.
You see, I don’t like turkey…never have. (I do like some of the sides, though.) And that huge meal and the pressure to eat a lot all at once is a bit overwhelming. So my tradition is to go to the Macy’s Parade and watch the balloons, and then eat popcorn at the movie theater.
Heck, I probably eat more calories!
And to show I’m not a total buzz kill for this all-American holiday, I’ve created a poll so we can all vote on our favorite Turkey Day foods (’cause even I’ve got one of those).
This morning I saw Jon Hamm featured in a promo on AMC for “Thanksgiving with the Godfather.” Apparently the cable channel plans to show Parts I and II on Turkey Day, and Hamm was talking about how much the series of movies means to him.
Oh, what a different story I would tell.
But then I took a college class in film criticism, and my instructor was a huge “Godfather” fan. He liked the movie so much, we spent six weeks — count ’em, six weeks — dissecting every word and gesture and thought and whisper in that film.
His enthusiasm for that movie killed any warmth I might have felt for it. I can’t even look at it anymore.
The very strains of “The Godfather” theme music make me physically ill.
We can only hope that whack professor doesn’t ever do a class on “Mad Men.”