I really wish I were creative enough to write a parody of "The Twelve Days Of Christmas" about Thanksgiving and especially the day after the holiday….but I am so far lyric-deficient. Maybe something will pop into that part of my brain eventually if I think on it long enough.
But in lieu of that great parody I might one day come up with….I have a few thought so that I could title "Only On The Day After Thanksgiving."
Only on the day after Thanksgiving………….can the one who cooked the feast yesterday take a "pajama day", not get dressed, and hang out in her recliner with a good book, some DVDs and the Gurney’s Seed Catalog that came two days BEFORE Thanksgiving (a new record I think).
Only on the day after Thanksgiving can you eat a bowl of oatmeal and a piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream for breakfast.
Only on the day after Thanksgiving can you pick the bird carcass clean and boil up the bones for some really good broth soup base.
Only on the day after Thanksgiving can you contemplate the hell that is Black Friday in the retail stores in the region and around the nation…..and also be very thankful that you are not a part of this after-Thanksgiving rite….ever!
Only on the day after Thanksgiving can the Santa Claus myth be so fully perpetuated that the Old Gent lands in West Acres parking lot, from a helicopter….what no reindeer? I watched a You Tube video some time back that showed a small toddler sitting on Santa’s lap and Santa asked the Big Question: "Have you been a good boy?" ( Little Boy to Santa:) "You have bad breath!"
Only on the day after Thanksgiving can you contemplate (as a part of Pajama Day) bringing out your video tape of A CHRISTMAS STORY for the first of many viewings during December.
Only on the day after Thanksgiving can you refuse to answer the door because you are in your pajamas all day.
Only on the day after Thanksgiving can you think about making a batch of homemade bread and use some of the leftover mashed potatoes in the dough. (what is happening to my Pajama Day?)
Only on the day after Thanksgiving can you allow your spouse to go on a small shopping excursion without you, but give him a few "assignments" to do…like get the letter printed for your Christmas card list.
Only on the day after Thanksgiving (this year) can you look out the deck door and see the beautiful fall sunshine again—weak and pale and far to the south—but still glorious. And you can also contemplate the snowless landscape and give special thanks that Winter is already one month shorter in 2009!