Anyone who knows me well knows that We Do Not Decorate for Christmas Before Thanksgiving/Nancy’s Birthday (whichever comes last on the calendar). As I child I remember clearly thinking that my birthday (27th November, in case you’re keeping track) had been forgotten when people jumped on ahead to Christmas. Nothing red nor green was hung in my parents’ house until at least November 28th.
Apparently the UK didn’t get the memo. Now, to be fair, there is no Thanksgiving Holiday in the UK, but still…Christmas things were being hung here and there and surreptitiously mentioned on the television and internet back in October. October! That’s the month for spooks and haunts, people, not Dasher and Dancer, for pete’s sake!
I may not be at home for Thanksgiving this year (or Christmas, for that matter) but I’m still celebrating. Liz’s daughter and I share the same birthday, so for our birthday dinner we’re having American Thanksgiving! Turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, the works…providing Liz and I can get everything done without burning Louise’s kitchen to the ground, that is. I’m excited about sharing part of what makes me, me with my in-laws as well as just having a family get-together…to me that’s more of what Thanksgiving is than a meal, and it’s what I will miss this year about not being with my family.
After that, we can start celebrating Christmas…and shopping.