Best Thanksgiving Ever!

It’s Thanksgiving Day….

Classic Kink-master Ray Davies with a wonderful, melancholy and ultimately uplifting Thanksgiving “carol” from 2005.

As far as holidays go, Thanksgiving is the best, followed closely by the 4th of July and Memorial Day.  Christmas is two separate events – the gift buying-house decorating-tree trimming-card sending nightmare, and the religious/spiritual milestone of my Catholic upbringing.  Now that the kids are older, the first event is losing its appeal, but the second will always be important.

Thanksgiving is split in two for me.  There’s Thanksgiving “BM” (Before Minnesota) and Thanksgiving “AM” (After Minnesota).

Thanksgiving “BM” was always spent with the Leominster, Massachusetts Barba’s — my father’s brother and his family — one year at our house, one year at their house.  Imagine if you will several large tables sitting end to end, taking up 3 rooms and filling it with loud, laughing Italians (La Famiglia!). Counting children, there were years we’d top 30 place settings!

If you’re not Italian – and my condolences if you aren’t –  just imagine the wedding scene from “The Godfather,” and you have the idea.

And food.  Did I mention the food?

Oh dear Lord, the food…

There would be antipasto, lasagna, salads of all kinds, potatoes, pies, Italian cookies and, some years, TWO turkeys.

We were good eaters.

Both households made a meat stuffing that, if you were going to the “chair,” you’d want on the menu for your last meal.  Last year I shared the recipe with you, and learned the secret is the ground sausage!  Mom left that part out when she told me how to make it.

Thanksgiving “AM” is a very different affair.  No high school football games (Fitchburg-Leominster was very big), no waiting for the army of relatives to arrive.  This year it’ll be a very small get together – just the 5 of us (oldest daughter lives in Chicago now — sigh….), but after the year we’ve had, this might just be the Best Thanksgiving Ever.

As they say, tomorrow isn’t guaranteed to any of us, so be thankful for all the todays.

Anyway, that’s it.  No business today, nothing technical or heating related.  Just some memories and warm wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving!

And laughs.  Don’t forget the laughs…

One of the funniest lines in TV history right there.  Rock on, WKRP!

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