The Top Six Thanksgiving traditions

I don't know when it happened, but Thanksgiving became the forgotten holiday, wedged in between Halloween and Christmas.
I am as guilty as anyone. My Christmas tree is already up, and in an attempt to listen to the 201 Christmas CDs I own, I started listening on Nov. 2. (Don’t judge). Somewhere in the mid-'80s, Thanksgiving undeservingly got lost in the Christmas mire.

But Thanksgiving is special on its own, so this Six Pack is dedicated to what makes Thanksgiving the great holiday that it is.

Thanks for reading and have a happy Thanksgiving!

6) WKRP In Cincinnati's Turkey Drop episode — Google it and watch several times. "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly." Best sitcom Thanksgiving episode ever, even better than It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's "The Gang Squashes Their Beefs" episode.

5) Vacation time — I worked retail for 11 Christmases and hardly was allowed any time off around Thanksgiving in preparation of Black Friday. Now that I am out of the business, I actually enjoy the holiday by overeating until I am miserable and not worrying if my store will beat last year's sales by 1.4 percent.

4) A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving — The most under-appreciated of the Peanuts holiday specials, Charlie Brown and the gang assemble at his house for a Thanksgiving dinner of popcorn, jelly beans and toast. They eventually get the turkey meal at his grandmother's, and Snoopy and Woodstock get their turkey meal after everyone leaves. (Does that make Woodstock a cannibal?) The highlight of the show is Snoopy's fight with the lawn chair. Still makes me laugh after at least 50 viewings, including five this season (my kids love it!).

3) Football — One of the three F's of Thanksgiving, football is a Turkey Day institution, although I am sure the Bears/Packers game will cause indigestion.

2) Food — Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy (for the turkey, not the mashed potatoes), sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie. That sounds like a good start. I have lost about 15 pounds since September, and I plan to put a good chunk of it back on this afternoon.

1) Family — The last "F" is the most important. My family of six and two friends will gather and eat, eat, eat. At some point, I will think of Thanksgiving 1991, the day my dad went into a coma at the end of his battle with brain cancer. He passed away on the Sunday after. I think he would enjoy our little get-togethers, especially with the grandchildren he never has seen. When the prayer is said, I know he's there, ready to battle for a drumstick and fight for the good chair. This year, I think I will let him have it.

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