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Let’s set the clock back again

The Mommy Chronicles

November 16, 2012
Anne Blankenship - Managing Editor ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

Can't we set the clock back again??It seems as though this month is hurtling along at breakneck speed toward Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season. I don't know if it was because of the long, drawn out election or what, but all of a sudden, Thanksgiving is here and I'm not ready. And I fear that I won't be ready when Christmas arrives, either.

I know many of my friends and family already have their Thanksgiving shopping done. They've purchased the turkey and all of the accompaniments and are ready to start the thawing process next week.

I'm still not certain I'm going to prepare a turkey. This year, it's just Larry, Daniel and I. We'll probably do something with my dad on Thanksgiving - I just don't know what. Turkey sandwiches??Pot pies?

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We seem to face this dilemma every year. We rarely take a trip to Larry's family on Thanksgiving since we save up our time off and travel expenses for Christmas.

But my son is begging for a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings, so I may just break down and fire up the oven. I do like having leftovers for several days -?makes it easy to throw together lunches for everyone - and Toby and Buster always get a nice giblet surprise on that special day.

I can almost hear my mother's voice in my ear this time of year. She was the great family dinner planner. She'd stretch out the dining room table and put in all the leaves so everyone could gather around it. She'd get out the best Haviland china and silver place settings, careful to make sure everyone had a salad fork and a dinner fork. One year, she miss counted and I got enjoy my Thanksgiving dinner on a stool at the kitchen counter.

"It seems silly to put up a card table for one person," was her comment, as I recall.

Fortunately, I was within earshot of the fun conversation that always bubbled up from our Thanksgiving feasts. There was lots of laughter, singing and love at the center of those family gatherings. I really miss them.

Now, everyone is so far flung around the country. I have nieces and nephews in Oregon, Delaware and Texas, along with a couple in Des Moines. But it's pretty rare now to have them all under one roof.

We've established a tradition of setting up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. I know some people like to get started a little earlier than that (I've seen some Christmas lights lit up already around town), but we like to take it one holiday at a time. Even if we don't go anywhere or have guests at Thanksgiving, the quality quiet time and having a whole day together with my boys is just bliss.

I switched on the radio earlier this week and was shocked to hear "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"?playing on the radio. I?shuddered as I turned down the volume. I like Christmas music as much as the next person - perhaps even more - but Nov. 12 was just a little too early for jingle bells and reindeers.



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