Haven't played the Friday Five for awhile ~
1. Did you go elsewhere for the day, or did you have visitors at your place instead? How was it?
We took our two sons and one's girlfriend and went over the fields and through the woods to grandmother's house. A quiet extended family day -- the youngest cousin is about to get her license, so the daughters-in-law gazed at our children and wondered how they all grew up so fast. No little kids, no pets. Kind of wierd.
2. Main course: If it was the turkey, the whole turkey, and nothing but the turkey, was it prepared in an unusual way? Or did you throw tradition to the winds and do something different?
Just the usual turkey. And too many pies.
3. Other than the meal, do you have any Thanksgiving customs that you observe every year?
Thanksgiving isn't a big one for us. In childhood I was plagued by too many grandmothers (all those stepmothers!) and then distance became a factor, in both my family of origin and my own family, so it has always been a holiday of unsatisfactory juggling. The Lovely Daughter is with her roommate in Oregon for the third year in a row -- I suppose her tradition is more consistent than those of any of the rest of us.
4. The day after Thanksgiving is considered a major Christmas shopping day by most US retailers. Do you go out bargain hunting and shop ‘till you drop, or do you stay indoors with the blinds closed? Or something in between?
I cannot imagine going shopping on the day after Thanksgiving.
5. Let the HOLIDAY SEASON commence! When will your Christmas decorations go up?
In a few weeks. We would go ahead and do the outside lights, but we still have this fantasy that the gutter-and-soffit guys will show up one day to tear the outside of the house apart. We've been waiting for three months now. I suppose the only way to ensure their appearance would be to string Christmas lights all over the place.
We did get to spend last night at Chautauqua -- grandmas's house is too small for company -- so pictures tomorrow. For now we're home and dad and kids are about to go out for what IS becoming a tradition -- pool and pizza with other dads and kids.