Thanksgiving Day Survival Guide

Most of us will travel over Thanksgiving.  Whether it’s out of town to visit family, or just down the road for dinner, this is the first of a few holiday get-togethers that should have an ‘off the grid’ feeling.  I always love the process.  It’s completely hectic, and there are more than a few proud moments AND eye-rolls during the day(s).  The year is coming to an end, and we can all look forward to what’s coming over the next six weeks to recharge for the new year.

We’ve never been a jacket-required type of family, instead opting for ‘dressy casual’.  I usually wear a nice shirt, khakis, and loafers.  Easy breezy.  Since Thanksgiving Dinner is never *just* a dinner, consideration for an all-day affair must be taken into account.  Here’s the survival guide:

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1. Hostess Gift: First and foremost, show up with a really nice bottle of wine to show appreciation for all their work.  It doesn’t have to be a bottle that will be consumed with Thanksgiving dinner; in fact, it’s actually nice if it’s not.  Then it can be enjoyed at a later date when the stress is a bit lower.
2. “A Time To Celebrate” by James Farmer:  If you are preparing to cook a dish, you need to have help from one of the best.  Even if you don’t, it’s an excellent book to thumb through for inspiration.  The images and recipes are drool-worthy.
3. Smartwool Socks:  When you kick your shoes off and put your feet up, you want them covered in something acceptable, since socks are a thing this time of year.
4. A Really Nice Flannel Shirt:  Ever thought about getting a custom made flannel shirt?  Even if you don’t, a really nice flannel is worth it for Thanksgiving dinner.  And it will look good in pictures.
5. Flood Tide Co. Copahee Cord Hat:  Always pack a lid, just in case.
6. Wilson 1005 NCAA Leather Football:  Back in ’83, I used to be able to throw a football a quarter mile.
7. Orvis Gokey Double Sole Mocs:  The ultimate footwear for relaxing, and there will be some serious relaxing.  Depending on how observant your family is, you may be able to pull these off at dinner.
8. Barbour Tinford Quilted Jacket:  For that pre-dinner walk and the post-dinner walk.
9. Pendleton Heroic Chief Blanket:  The ultimate power move.  Show up with your own blanket.
10. Mexican Train Dominos Set:  Fun and games, and this is the funnest game.  Trust me…it’s the perfect game to enjoy a few #12s with your family well into the wee hours of the night.
11. “The Rise of Theodore Rosevelt” by Edmond Morris:  A great book is a good way to pass the time while waiting for the turkey to cook.
12. The Good Sauce:  Step up to some top shelf bourbon for the holiday.  Everyone that needs to notice, will.
13. Tums:  Always be prepared…

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