Turkey Or Pizza?

by Rich on November 20, 2017

I love the holidays. And when I say “the holidays”, I’m talking about Thanksgiving through Easter. That’s a nice little stretch and I love all of it! Well, with one caveat… I am not a huge fan of the traditional Thanksgiving meal. And a lot of the other obligations that come with the Holiday Season. I’ll explain.

You see, I love the traditions of the holidays…getting together with family and friends, the holiday movies, the decorations, the gift giving, the church services… I love it all. With one glaring exception… the food.

Don’t get me wrong… there are many menu items that I really like… the spiral sliced honey glazed ham, the leftover turkey that makes for perfect sandwiches… the list goes on and on. But there I have a problem with some of the other choices. And really, it’s not the choices, per se, it’s our insistence that there only be one acceptable menu per holiday.

You know the drill… Thanksgiving is all about the casseroles: pea and asparagus, green been, sweet potato… sure, the turkey is what gets all the press, but the entire meal is all about the casseroles. And I hate the casseroles. Hate. Them. Christmas is a little more flexible, but it brings it’s own menu strictures. Eggnog? Really? Sorry, I don’t care how much booze you put in it, the stuff is disgusting. Easter is probably the best, only because there are no real traditional meals other than maybe spiral sliced, honey glazed ham. And yeah, I’m all about that.

But really, more than the menus themselves, what I really have an issue with is our collective insistence that, without these meals, our holidays might somehow be less than acceptable. And I reject that.

What would be better…slaving for days, spending hundreds of dollars, and having a ton of ultimately uneaten leftovers, and spending hours upon hours on cleanup, from a “traditional” holiday feast? Or ordering pizza or Chinese with a good bottle of wine, relaxing with loved ones, and not worrying about cleanup? That’s a no brainer to me. But then that’s me.

My point (and I do have one), is that our holidays shouldn’t be defined by old school menus, but by how much we actually enjoy said holiday. Do we have our loved ones close? Do we get to spend quality time with them? Did everyone get to eat things that they enjoy? If you can answer “yes” to those questions, then I would argue that you have had a successful holiday, no matter what was on the menu.

A friend recently asked what I was doing for Thanksgiving, and I half jokingly replied that I was going to eat pizza, drink beer and watch football all day. His eyes literally glazed over with jealousy. I was sort of joking, but not entirely. I’ve come the age where I know what I like, and what I want. And I want easy and fun.

And after all, isn’t that what the holidays are all about? They are for me. After all…, I love the holidays!

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mom November 20, 2017 at 8:50 pm

OK, so now the cat is out of the bag. Why didn’t you just say I’m not coming to Thanksgiving dinner because I don’t like the menu?? Just teasing you son. I already knew you didn’t like the menu – except the sweet potatoes, particularly the topping. Hope you have a blessed day. Love you.


Sally November 22, 2017 at 6:35 am

There are no uneaten leftovers when you have pizza. You don’t have to reheat pizza…


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