RevGal Singing Owl writes, "Ah, the day after Thanksgiving--groan! Fortunately, I love Thanksgiving leftovers.Thanksgiving is the American holiday when the greatest number of people travel somewhere else to celebrate. I am posting this from my son’s home in Minnesota where we are recovering from the food shopping and the preparations and the meal and the clean up. It is difficult to think of anything requiring much energy today, and I am enjoying my sweet baby granddaughter, so I will keep it simple. For those of you not in the USA, I apologize for the nationalistic tone of this Friday Five!"
1. Did you go elsewhere for the day, or did you have visitors at your place instead? How was it?
Our town has a huge road race on Thanksgiving every year (10,000 people participate). The church is located right in the middle of all the road race festivities and one of our major fundraisers for youth missions is "selling" our parking lot to those coming in for the race. This year we made $2,200! So that is the long way of saying that we stayed home. No visitors this year.
2. Main course: If it was the turkey, the whole turkey, and nothing but the turkey, was it prepared in an unusual way? Or did you throw tradition to the winds and do something different?
Our very good friends invited us over for Thanksgiving. However, Wednesday night we got a call that they had to leave town due to a family emergency. They gave us their turkey and a couple delicious side dishes. We are roasting the turkey today. It will be accompanied by stuffing, squash, green bean casserole, pumpkin bread, cranberry and apple pie. Our prayers are with our friends and we look forward to sharing the leftovers with them when they get home.
3. Other than the meal, do you have any Thanksgiving customs that you observe every year?
The road race is a new custom that we enjoy. Did I mention that we walked the race this year? It took us about 80 minutes... not bad for a five mile "race." The winner finished in 21 minutes.
4. The day after Thanksgiving is considered a major Christmas shopping day by most US retailers. Do you go out bargain hunting and shop ‘till you drop, or do you stay indoors with the blinds closed? Or something in between?
No way! I wouldn't be caught dead in a shopping mall today. Shopping is not my favorite thing to do anyway, so I would rather pay more for something on a less busy day just to avoid the hassle and crowds.
5. Let the HOLIDAY SEASON commence! When will your Christmas decorations go up?
Today! Okay, since we are going to the theater tonight, maybe we can wait until tomorrow. But, no matter what else we have to do this weekend, the house will be decorated by Sunday night! (Please say a little prayer for patience for Gary!)