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Thanksgiving...Family, Love, and FOOTBALL!!!!

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Posted 11-10-2011 at 01:59 PM by lauriebear

There is nothing quite like the way Thanksgiving brings families together for giving thanks for all we have to be thankful for. Some, it's their health, their career, or their friends, but all will agree that it's the family that has are gathered together that they are most thankful for, even if you can’t spend the whole day and you do the “house hop”.
Thanksgiving is a holiday that is steeped in tradition. It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the turkey and stuffing and the apple and pumpkin pie. But since 1920, it would not be Thanksgiving without NFL Football.
NFL football has become as big a tradition at Thanksgiving as the turkey and mashed potatoes. Just ask anyone and if your Thanksgiving celebrations are anything like mine you will find the “family” gathered around the TV cheering for their team to win.
Now, if you are going to a large gathering, you may want to check out these tips to get the best location to enjoy all the action.
Getting Into Position
1. The first and most important part of the plan is to get to Grandma's house as early as possible. Now you don't want to go jump in the 'ol Lay-Z-Boy right off the bat, because the day is too long to keep your butt in one place. Instead, hang around the kitchen chatting with Grandma and sampling the vittles.

This will accomplish two things. First, Grandma will think you are the greatest simply because you came over early "just" to visit with her. And with Christmas right around the corner, it doesn't hurt to kiss up to Grams a little.
2. The second thing this accomplishes is it gives you a chance to fill up on some of the goodies that Grandma has spent the waking hours preparing, so make sure you take advantage of this time. You will be much less tempted to sneak into the kitchen later when the living room starts to fill up.
3. As other aunts, uncles, cousins, and cousins of cousins start to arrive, its time to make your move to the living room, click on the pregame show and find a comfortable spot right in front of the television that you can settle into with your supply of appetizers and cold drinks.
Now you are in position to enjoy the first half of the game, but it will take a little bit of strategy and awareness on your part to keep that perfect vantage point for the entire afternoon.
Obstacles to Overcome
1. The first rule of thumb is to limit your consumption of any type of liquid, especially beer, to eliminate as many bathroom breaks as possible. I know football without beer might be tough on some of you, but it's worth the sacrifice and your family will admire your ability to stay sober for the holiday.

2. Your first major hurdle of the day will be at half time of the first game. My strategy at this point is to get up at the two-minute warning to stretch my legs, at which point a half-intoxicated Uncle Eddie usually hops into my spot announcing, "Move your feet, lose your seat", as if it's the funniest thing anyone's ever heard.
The purpose of getting up now is to give your body time to stretch out as you prepare to go into your next phase of "squatting". It also makes Uncle Eddie feel like he has accomplished something by taking your spot, although his thirst for another cold one won't allow him to stay there long.
After I have satisfied my own needs, I hover around the good seats waiting for anyone to get up. Everyone else may hold their ground into the second half, but I know sooner or later Uncle Eddie will mumble something about releasing the hounds as he staggers out of the room and that's when I jump right back into my nice warm, comfortable spot.
3. Usually Thanksgiving dinner is served about the time the second game is beginning, so my game plan here is very simple. Hang around the dining room between games so you can be the first in line to load your plate and head back to the game before everyone else. Heck, you might even get the chance to visit with relatives you haven't seen since last year. But don't allow reminiscing to delay your return to the comfort of your viewing zone or you may lose it to another experienced "squatter".
4. After finishing off a carefully loaded plate of delicious Thanksgiving rations, you can always give one of the rug rats running around a quarter to take your plate to the kitchen so you don't have to risk a quick dash yourself. At this point you can loosen your belt, kick back and relax while watching the rest of the first-half action of game two.
Finish the Game
At this point, people with full bellies are either starting to nod off or they are too stuffed to move even if they wanted to. Now, it's not out of the question to be able to sneak off for a little bit of Grandma's pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream. But be sure to tip-toe back to your front-row seat before the two-minute warning when all the snoozers come back to consciousness.

Usually the crowd thins out significantly by the end of the second game, so as soon as the game is over, I make a point to visit with Grandma again. As I mentioned before, Christmas is coming soon so why not make sure she knows who the last person was to leave her wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.
Of course, as all good holiday dinner squatters can tell you, make sure all the dishes have been washed before venturing anywhere near the kitchen!

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    [B][I]What a wonderful and fun blog !! Thank you ! xo[/I][/B]
    Posted 11-10-2011 at 09:58 PM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
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    Tee hee!!! Your welcome
    Posted 11-17-2011 at 12:05 PM by lauriebear lauriebear is offline
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