I’m skipping Thanksgiving

I’m think I might just skip Thanksgiving.  Haven’t told my family yet, but when they all show up,  wouldn’t it be great if I handed each one a box of Christmas decorations?   Get to work and they’ll  get a “bite” to eat later;  maybe a pizza or something like that.  These little guys are just waiting for them, along with hundreds of other ornaments packed away in the garage!

Snowmen arrive

Think how fast it would all get done!  No dreaded day after Thanksgiving, when my husband drags himself out to the garage,  groaning the whole time,  to get the decorations down.

No standing for hours cooking food, no stacks of dishes in the sink, no spending way too much money on the big feast,  and I could have the weekend just to fluff the decorations and do blog posts about them!

Ahhhh in a perfect world, one can only dream!  Great idea don’t you think?




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  • luvtoquilt - I see that no one is responding to your blog — could it be shock? I, for one, think it's a great idea! Of course, we will be jumping right in this weekend with all the usual preparations.ReplyCancel

  • misswrite - Oooh, I love the snowmen.

    The no Thanksgiving fuss idea is great. Preparing for a holiday is a lot of work!ReplyCancel

  • brigette - I think the handing them a box and them getting to work is a great idea…..

    except that you've been planning that Thanksgiving menu for weeks…

    and that caramelized nut tart is right around the corner, and pumpkin pie, and don't forget the whipped cream!!!!!

    Dream on!ReplyCancel

  • Goosegirl - Oh but I love Thanksgiving! And the cooking is FUN! And think of how "Thankful" you will be when it is over and you can get to that cute decorating!

    I love those snowmen.ReplyCancel

  • Pat - I think that it is a great idea….don't wait to long or you will miss Christmas!!ReplyCancel

  • Doris J - Everyone assuming that the
    squirrel is another of the
    girls. I think we need a
    guy in here to keep things
    exciting. My suggestion for his/her name would be
    Doris JReplyCancel

  • Pat - I think it is a great idea/dream Anne. I know what you mean about groaning husbands. I hear groaning that there is no room in this garage when all of the boxes come down from the attic! They just don't understand.ReplyCancel

  • Jan - We're not skipping it, but think we might "volunteer", the guest to help with the decorations. Love the snowmen.ReplyCancel

  • KatieQ - It works for me. I can't wait to see your post next Friday to see if you actually pull it off.ReplyCancel

  • Barb - I like your way of thinking!!ReplyCancel

  • Maria - You could just make a big crock pot of stuffing. We're going to Mexico for Thanksgiving. No turkey for us.ReplyCancel

  • Mimi - I could go for that! Not sure the rest of the family would go for it though. Hey, before you know it, the holidays will be over, so I guess we had better just enjoy them while they are here.ReplyCancel

  • JKW - I think it is a great idea and entertaining to your guests. I agree with brigette, making the big dinner is a big thank you for helping with the decorations. I really love that idea. It's better than sitting around and the conversations with the memories of their times of decorating. . . ooooh, I think you outdid yourself with this idea. YAY! Have a Great one. Blessings, JanetReplyCancel

    Hugs, Di
    PS you know your family might really enjoy doing something different–i think we sometimes get soo stuck in tradition that we forget to have fun!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - OH that is a sad idea to have Thanksgiving get wiped out because of Christmas. Christmas is December 25th, an entire month away. Come on gals!!! Looks like everyone is forgetting the reasons for Thanksgiving. Let's remember the true reasons for all these glorious holiday celebrations. Just simplify on all the "stuff"!(or stuffing…)Darling snowmen by the way and I can't wait to start my "Rabbits Prefer embroidery" pattern but that has to wait until after the holidays. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!! May you all be blessed!

  • Vicky - Gosh, if I had pretty things like that, I'd skip right ahead to Christmas, too! Have fun decorating!ReplyCancel

  • BunnyNuts - That's a great idea Anne – let us know how that works out for you!?! :)

  • Maureen - Several years ago I was headed to my sister's house for Thanksgiving and the plane was very, very late – by the time I got there it was abaout 3:00 in the morning and I was soooo tired.

    I tried to convince her that we could have Thanksgiving on Friday instead since we'd really have to start our holiday prep in about two hours. The kids were little – they wouldn't know – how could it hurt ?

    She thought about if for at least five minutes and decided that "no, it just wouldn't be right" and started to roll out pie crust. So I gave in and got started on some bread dough.

    We didn't go to bed but we did have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy yours – pizza or turkey … or turkey pizza !!ReplyCancel

  • Blessedmom's Simple Home - This so works for me. I've been thinking the same thing. I know my family wouldn't go for it, though. Of course, they aren't the ones standing at the stove all day. I tried to get them to go out for Thanksgiving dinner last year, but they all complained about not having leftovers.

  • PamKittyMorning - Genius! Implement and report back.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle J - Those snowmen are so cute. I'm with you. Turkey shmurkey bring on the Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Ronda - Anne
    I am with ya sister!!!! I have a busy week ahead too. Why do we try to kill ourselves each year with the, cooking, baking, shopping, wrapping, not to mention the dragging out of the orienaments and decorting all in one weekend we must be crazy.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie P. - It is a very buys time of year. You could have them do all the Christmas decorations and tell them that is the only way they get to eat Thanksgiving dinner. lolReplyCancel

  • bmayer - I think too many people and stores just gloss over Thanksgiving, which is my favorite holiday, because there are no gifts involved…just good food, family, friends and well THANKSgiving. Now AFTER dinner, I'm all for your decorating idea!!!My favorite radio station has started 24/7 of Christmas songs TWO WHOLE WEEKS before Thanksgiving…I sent them an e-mail of complaint…….ReplyCancel

  • madrekarin - I wish. But then, I would miss Thanksgiving and all off the traditions our family has reserved for that day- starting with the Smith Family Heap Big Thanksgiving Breakfast Bash. It's insanity!
    I don't decorate for Christmas until after my daughter's birthday- Dec. 1. As soon as she was old enough to realize that the decorations were not for her, I began waiting for her day to end. ;)
    I thought of another name for your squirrel- Stuart. Stuart Squirrel storing nuts superiously.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Anderson - I"m with Maria on the crock pot of stuffing idea. Throw in a pie, and voila! thanksgiving dinner the way I like it. Seriously, we all need to let people know we are tired, and in my case, getting old, and thinking all this stuff is craziness. Ask for help, or do a rotating turn thing.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecka - I love your snowmen!! I think skipping Thanksgiving is a grand idea. I would like to have a whole day to sew and eat a pizza!!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - I've always thought you were brillant Anne. This confirms it! I say it's time for a new tradition. The family decorating the house on Thanksgiving; eating pizza. A whole new reason to be thankful.ReplyCancel

  • zizzybob - Oh you think youve got it bad? At least you have a garage. We keep our Christmas stuff in a storage unit. Just driving over there and loading up the SUV is a big chore.ReplyCancel

  • bingo~bonnie - I love your dream… cheers! here's hoping that your dream really does come true ;)

    Love from Texas! ~bonnieReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Well that is exactly what we plan on doing..Putting up the tree on Friday the day after turkey day. We will have three additional bodies here to help finish off the turkey and we will have fun doing the tree. My daughter and I have decided we could actually cut the number of culinary dishes for turkey day in half and still have too much to eat! LouiseReplyCancel

  • Sinta Renee - That would be just to easy Anne! Not at all like "us". This only marks the beginning of what seems like a race: decorating, food, family (including friends) and a revolving door!ReplyCancel

  • Melody - I'm with you! I am ready for the Christmas decorating to begin! I am already plotting out a plan.ReplyCancel

  • eamylove - Sounds just like a Walgreen's commercial alright!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Easy fix. Move to Australia. No Thanksgiving here :)ReplyCancel

  • Cara - One thing about being Canadian,we can start decorating right after Halloween, and some people do! I was at Walmart today and they had Christmas music on, not just any Christmas music but Elmo Christmas music. A bit much if I dare to say so.
    Now all the lights up already are just happy :)ReplyCancel

  • Gloria - Oops, I meant to say Squirrely Berrly.ReplyCancel

  • My Little Family: - humm…..my nrain is turning….perhaps invite people over the New Year's and have them TAKE DOWN the Christmas decos!ReplyCancel

  • Laurel - Since I have no family I have always spent my Thanksgiving quietly – first watching the parade on TV and then sewing the day away …… always thankful to have the gift of sewing for a very, very pleasant Holiday….ReplyCancel

  • Jean - We were planning on having a very "small" Thanksgiving this year due to the fact that we were babysitting the 3 grandkids… 4,2 and 1. My DD/DSIL were on a cruise in Spain, France and Italy… and DD the youngest and DSIL were off to his folks this year… so that left DH, me and grands and 1 more DD and her DH. The dear sis in law called and told us to come to her house since they had a few cancel and there would be plenty of room!
    I made pies (to keep at home!) mashed potato's… daughter made a veggie, and a fruit salad. And all the stuff you need for 3 young kiddo's and away we went! Plus then we had to pack up to farm out the 2 youngest over night and most of Friday cause that is the day we go to hunt down (cut down) our Christmas tree…. driving several hours away! Mostly to cut a tree but also to play in the snow!
    Too bad your plan backfired! I can relate to wanting it to slowwww down though!ReplyCancel