|2013 Thanksgiving Weekend Parade|
Thanksgiving we had all but one of our children at the house. She is off at college and couldn't make it in. The wife loves to cook and usually does so for an army (I am a big leftover fan so that is a good thing). In fact this was the first year I can remember that we didn't have a 20+ pound turkey. We always put cranberry sauce on the table but nobody eats it thus becoming humor fodder for the family. The kids did the shopping at Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving as they do every year. Living in a small town our Wal-Mart is not the same zoo other Wal-Marts are. The small town in which we now live also has a holiday parade and 5K the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The parade, and 5K, runs in front of our house and we invite anyone and everyone to sit on our large front porch to watch with us. We've had as many as 12 or as few as 2 with us. The wife also makes a nice warm soup and other goodies to feed everyone. This year my running fanatic boss and her son came to town and we ran the 5K which is the first time I've been able to do so. It was a great Thanksgiving.
New Years hasn't had any hard set traditions. The last few years the wife and I have used this as a chance to get away from the house for a bit. This has meant just going to a hotel and enjoying some time together. Two years ago we stayed in town at one of the smaller hotels. We do enjoy adult beverages but the hotel was within walking distance of anything we could want which allowed us to do as we please. One thing we look for are marathons on TV. SyFy plays Twilight Zone on New Years eve and New Years day each year. We've watched that two of the last three years. Last year we got stuck on Locked Up Abroad. We can be pretty random sometimes. This year we searched out a small hotel in one of the small Illinois towns. We did find a great looking Route 66 type hotel but it had no vacancies. We ended up in an old hotel but it was in a bigger town than what we had hoped. Still we had a very good time.
|Blow up fruit cake our youngest gave us with a Christmas card. We always have a real fruit cake which everyone takes a bite of and then talks about how bad it tasted. I know, we are bad about making fun of food.|