Monday, November 23, 2009

10 Things I Need on Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just around the corner I decided to list the top 10 things I need for a happy and joyful day.

Whether it's your biological family or the family you have created for yourself, Thanksgiving is a day for togetherness and being thankful for those in your life that love and care for you.

Every year I wake up early enough to put the turkey in the oven and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I am just as fascinated by it now as I was when I was my son's age. He would be mad at me if I even suggested not watching it.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a must watch classic every year. Now this one I probably enjoy more than my son does but I'm convinced he will end up loving it just as much as I do.

I'm not a big turkey person but on this one day (for a week) of the year I willing to roast a turkey and savor every bite of it. After all Thanksgiving would seem naked without turkey.

Forget the pumpkin and pecan pies, give me sweet potato pie any day and I'm quite content with the world.

Whether it's canned, store bought, or homemade, cranberry sauce is my secret addiction over the holidays. I can not get enough of this wonderfully bitter, sweet concoction.

Nap time! After all the cooking and eating you need to take a restful nap so you can enjoy the rest of the day.

I'm not the biggest sports fan in the world. I will normally only watch football if the Denver Broncos are playing but I throw that rule out the window on Thanksgiving. Football is just as important on Thanksgiving as the turkey.
What day off of work is complete without a good dose of reading thrown in? I only have three guaranteed days off a year and this is one of them, so I like nothing better to do than take a few hours (normally later on in the evening), curl up on the couch, and read a fantastic book.

Just before my son goes to bed and I'm relaxed enough to embrace the chaos of putting up a Christmas tree, I put on some Christmas music and get to work. Putting up the tree is on the must do list and watching my son's face once it's all done is my favorite moment of the day.


Zia said...

That's a great list of must haves for Thanksgiving. I hope you and your family have a great one this year!

Jenny said...

I love all these things too!! Can't wait for Thanksgiving!

Heidenkind said...

I am looking forward to pumpkin pie like you would not believe. LOVE pumpkin pie!

I wouldn't mind watching football on Thanksgiving, but for some reason we rarely do that.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

This is the awesome traditional list for thanksgiving. I love it! The only thing is we usually do the christmas tree the day after with the running we do to see family.

We now wait till further into December to do the tree as I like having the live tree anymore.

Great list Ryan! I hope you enjoy your thanksgiving day with your family and friends.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Good list! I have never had sweet potato pie but now I feel I must (I MUST) have some...LOL

Have a great Thanksgiving Ryan!

Cecelia said...

What a great list! You've got your Thanksgiving priorities in order, it sounds like... Have a wonderful holiday!

Ryan said...

Zia, The same to you and yours on Thanksgiving.

Jenny, I'm so glad I'm not alone in my love for Macy's and Charlie Brown and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Heidenkind, For some reason I could never get into pumpkin pie but I hope you get all of it you want this week. Have a great Thanksgiving.

Mel, I love live trees, especially the smell. They just take to much maintence for me. I hope you guys have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Sheila, Once you try it you can never go back, Happy Thanksgiving.

Celia, I try to have them in order. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving and eats lots of food.

bookmagic said...

Ryan, it sounds like you have everything you need for a perfect Thanksgiving. I can't believe you have the energy to put up the Christmas tree!

I also like wine as a must have for Turkey day:)

Rich Mom, Rich Dad. Poor Mom, Poor Dad. said...

Ryan, GREAT list!

Anonymous said...

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. This is a great list. I think I'm going to tape the parade this year, though, so that I can watch it in the afternoon and sleep in.

Ryan said...

Deb, Wine is a must have most days. Happy Thanksgiving.

Jaime, I hope you and your family have a wonderful day on Thanksgiving.

Carol, Just make sure you watch it. Happy Thanksgiving to your family.

Anonymous said...

Happy gobble-gobble! May you have plenty to eat and time to read :)

Ryan said...

Stephanie, I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and eat tons and tons.