A Different Kind of Thanksgiving
There’s no denying that turkey day is going to feel odd this year. With the pandemic surging again and travelling and gatherings curtailed, we’re all going to be having dinner at home, in our bubbles, away from the parents and siblings and friends we usually see every year (at least I hope that’s what you’ll be doing).
But it’s not that bad.
I hope I’m not being annoyingly upbeat by saying that the holiday can be what you make it. Can’t have the big family gathering you usually have? Get those cooking skills working and create the best small gathering you possibly can for the people you live with. Stressed? Maybe this can be the holiday season where you can finally relax, have a small dinner, and watch TV and read, with no pressure to feed 20 people (and clean up after them). Feeling lonely? That’s why we have telephones and email and now Zoom (offering free calls and no time limits on Thanksgiving Day). There are so many ways to “get together” now without actually getting together. It’s nowhere near perfect, but believe me, you’re going to be fine. More leftovers and pie for yourself!
Hey, look at it as an opportunity to avoid eating dinner with your Aunt Jenny, the one who still can’t forgive you for the way you voted in the election this year.
And if you’re not sure about those cooking skills, don’t worry, Whole Foods and Progressive have you covered. They’ve teamed up to offer turkey insurance this year.
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Has Arrived!
We’re all craving some normalcy as 2020 comes to a close, and we might just get it from the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City. The tree arrived earlier this week and … well, everyone on Twitter thinks it looks more like Charlie Brown’s tree than the majestic one we usually see, which is typical for 2020 (click on the pic for the video):
Could the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree look any worse?
2020on brand… pic.twitter.com/6K2n4bX9u7
— Rex Chapman 🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) November 17, 2020
I guess it does look a little tired and sparse, but remember, so did Charlie Brown’s until the Peanuts gang waved their magic hands and made it beautiful.
There Will Be a Super Bowl Halftime Show (Even If the Game Is Canceled)
The way the pandemic is progressing right now, who knows if we’ll even see a completion of the regular NFL season, playoffs, or a Super Bowl. If there is a big game on February 7, it will be held at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Weeknd will provide the halftime entertainment. Actually, even if there isn’t a Super Bowl, The Weeknd will provide the entertainment.
The show’s sponsor, Pepsi, says that even if the game is canceled, there will still be a halftime show for the millions of fans who want one. I wonder what will happen to all of the expensive commercials if the game is canceled.
By the way, I have no idea who The Weeknd is (are?) and I don’t know why that “e” is missing.
Words with Wives
Let’s see what people are writing to Miss Manners about this week:
One of the letters to the advice columnist comes from an irritated husband who is having trouble with his wife. Infidelity? Financial problems? Bad in-laws? Nope. She’s too good at Scrabble.
He doesn’t like it when she uses words — especially those tricky two-letter ones — when she doesn’t even know their meaning. The nerve of this woman!
I’m not a Scrabble rules expert, but I’m pretty sure that’s why you agree on a dictionary to use during the game, no?
If you can only choose 3, what would it be? 1,6,12 is my choice. pic.twitter.com/edM2qDSDce
— Dan Insinga (@DanInsinga) November 12, 2020
The correct answer is 10, 4, and 12.
When can all of the Christmas specials and movies above be seen? Take a look at the very thorough Christmas TV Schedule 2020, which lists every holiday-themed special, movie, and TV episode that’s coming up in November and December. Keep checking back because it’s being updated all the time. The Mostly Christmas site is a good resource too.
MeTV is running Christmas-themed episodes every Sunday until the end of the year.
And yes, TBS is running their 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story again this year on Christmas Eve. It’s a good movie, I’m just not sure it’s “24-hour marathon every single year” good.
RIP Paul Hornung, Lucille Bridges, and Jim Tucker
Paul Hornung won the Heisman Trophy in 1956 as a student at Notre Dame and went on to be a Hall of Fame running back for the Green Bay Packers. He won three championships with coach Vince Lombardi in the 1960s. He died last week at the age of 84.
Lucille Bridges was the mother of Ruby Bridges, the little girl who with her mother walked past angry crowds to get to the New Orleans school where the girl would become its first black student. It’s an event portrayed in Norman Rockwell’s 1964 Look illustration, The Problem We All Live With. Lucille Bridges died last week at the age of 86.
This Week in History
First Wendy’s Opens (November 15, 1969)
Dave Thomas opened the first of his Wendy’s fast food locations in Columbus, Ohio. It closed in 2007.
Cuban Missile Crisis Ends (November 20, 1962)
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Green Giant Green Beans (November 19, 1960)
They’re kitchen sliced! So are many fingers if you chop things that way.
The Thanksgiving Table
With that ad above, you know I’m going to start off this week’s recipes with Campbell’s Classic Green Bean Casserole. It’s as much a part of the season as the Rockefeller tree and Black Friday sales.
If you’d like to shake up your Thanksgiving dinner, here’s our article with that very idea, with recipes for Curry Deviled Eggs, Harry Truman’s Baked Ham, and Deep Dish Cranberry Pie. AllRecipes has the recipe for the Best Mashed Potatoes, while Food.com has these Maple Brown Sugar Baby Carrots, which I’ve made and are quite good. How Sweet Eats has a recipe for Buttery Herb Stuffing (though I’ve always been a Stove Top person myself).
Have a great Thanksgiving, no matter how you celebrate it this year.
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (November 26)
It will still air on NBC starting at 9 a.m. but with a whole bunch of COVID-induced changes. It’s followed by The National Dog Show.
Black Friday (November 27)
Yes, apparently this is still a thing, even though many stores and sites have extended the number of sales days to create “Black November.”
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