Thanksgiving Seems Early

Fortunately we’re going
to Joe’s house
and taking a Caesar salad
with Lemon-Sage Fritters
Masquerading as Croutons.

Joe’s a great cook.
Instead of Turkey,
he’s doing Beef Wellington.
He says he doesn’t want to cook too much,
but for an Italian?
Impossible.

Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 22.
And then weirdly,
we have 
another Thursday in November.

Does that mean I have more time
to get ready for Christmas
or just
 another week of Holiday madness?

19 comments on “Thanksgiving Seems Early

  1. I’d say take a week to recover from Thanksgiving, have a nice cup of hot cider, and read a good book. 🙂

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, Jennifer. All good advice. It was kindof written in jest. We actually have a nice rhythm going for the holidays. And we really enjoy them, although there typically is more busyness on top of an already busy schedule. It has just been interesting how people are talking about the earliness of T-day. I didn’t realize that it’s the fourth Thursday of November, not the last one. Somewhat rare…

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      • Yes, I was surprised it was so early too! I’ve kind of worn out on holiday preparations and gift-giving over the last couple of years, and can’t really afford it anyway, so I’ve scaled way back now and focus a lot more on simply spending time with my loved ones, which seems like the real point of the whole business. It’s a lot more pleasant and less stressful that way.

        I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! it sounds like you will! 🙂

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      • Cathy Ulrich says:

        Thank you. You too! I agree about the scaling back part. It’s more fun to enjoy the time with friends and family and anticipate the returning of the light. It’s interesting in our culture how we want to ignore the rhythms of the planet and be very busy during the shortest days of the year, when curling up by the fireplace with a good book is a better idea.

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  2. I’m half Italian, and even I find it hard not to cook for an army. Thanksgiving does feel awfully early this year, it’s throwing me off a bit. I say enjoy that extra time off before the Christmas rush starts, and relax! Also, lemon sage fritters sound delightful.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      The fritters are delightful! I made them while my sister, Becky, was here and they’re delicious. The trick is that they’re mostly ricotta with lemon zest, some flour and eggs to bind the ingredients and sage. It will be a fun surprise for the party. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving, Weebs!

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  3. I see that extra week as yet another week to get bombarded with holiday ads on TV. What I like most about this time of year is Trader Joe’s brandy-filled chocolate. Now that I’ve said that they probably won’t have them this season. That would be a real reason to sing “Blue Christmas” along with Elvis.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Oooh, I love Trader Joe’s. But the closest one is in Santa Fe, New Mexico – 375 miles away. I think they have resisted coming to Colorado because the state doesn’t allow wine sales in grocery stores – so no Three Buck Chuckk. Of course, now, we’ve legalized marijuana…
      And, yes, it would be a Blue Christmas is you had to do without those brandy-filled chocolates, V.

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      • My neighborhood TJ’s does not sell wine, either. New York has some law I do not understand where a store can only sell wine in one location. The TJ’s in Manhattan’s Union Square is the only one with a wine store, but most NYC grocery stores do not sell wine. They only sell beer. Have you ever had Three Buck Chuck? If not, don’t, plus with legalized marijuana, you have it much, much better.

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      • Cathy Ulrich says:

        No, haven’t tried Three Buck Chuck. I did hear a rumor recently that TJ’s is putting in a store in Boulder, which is an hour away, and that Colorado is going to allow them to sell wine. Remains to be seen. Might be worth the drive for those brandy-filled chocolates.

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  4. either/or, depends on your perspective–look at it as more time

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  5. I’m so happy you brought up the extra Thursday in November! I feel like THAT is the reason for the end of the world in December.

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  6. vyvacious says:

    Beef Wellington!! *drool*

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  7. JanBeek says:

    Hooray! I am so grateful for the extra week! I hate mailing Christmas gifts before Thanksgiving… almost feels like a sacrilege! But, I need to get them in the mail early to arrive on time for my grandkids in Switzerland. This way, I can have my ham and turkey (or beef wellington) and eat it, too. What a blessing! Thanks for the reminder.

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