Originally Published: November 23, 2016 6 a.m.
The day before Thanksgiving – it is nothing like its brother, Christmas Eve, with all of the church services, Christmas trees, presents, and family gatherings, … and Santa Claus.
But don’t sell Thanksgiving Eve short. This is the time for mapping out your plans:
• for turkey day’s feast (which some of us will begin cooking tonight, those bigger birds require a lot of oven time, and who is bringing what);
• for Black Friday, err … and Brown Thursday (what I call those stores opening Thursday evening, gads!), after you get your Thursday edition of the Courier, and all of its telling inserts, tonight at Frontier Village or our Prescott Valley offices (no kidding, see related story);
• for who will sit where at the Thanksgiving table (folks, you can’t put Uncle Wayne next to Aunt Mary; we don’t need an oil-and-water political fight again this year!);
• for the televisions to watch turkey day football (do you really have more than two TVs?);
• for when you’ll call those family members who couldn’t make it (how many hours difference is it from here to there?);
• for when family will come to the house (some say “later the better,” while I say “come as early as you dare, uh, care”); and,
• for all of those leftovers (2015: “Did you really eat four times today and three slices of pie?”).
And, if you don’t want to worry about all of that until tomorrow, celebrate Black Wednesday (or “Drinksgiving”) – the pejorative terms for the night before the Thanksgiving holiday. It is sometimes a more popular partying night than even New Year’s Eve or Saint Patrick’s Day, so I hear.
No surprise (and reason to stay home, I say), the night is one of the top drunk driving nights of the year.
Make your plans, we’re at the jumping off point for the Christmas season. Enjoy!