While many folks may see Thanksgiving as just a food-heavy precursor to the Christmas season, I think it really deserves it’s own special minute in the holiday sun. Underneath all of the gorgeous fall colors, football games and mashed potatoes is a moment set aside for thankfulness, reflection and relaxation; in whatever way those look like to you. You might spend the day with friends and family eating entirely too much food, plan your Black Friday shopping strategy or work a few extra hours to help with the Christmas presents. But whatever you do, try not to gloss over Thanksgiving in anticipation of the upcoming Christmas boom. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a certified freakshow for “the yearly bacchanalia of peace on earth and good will to men.” But I’ve found that giving Thanksgiving it’s meager due can be pretty rewarding. There may not be as many songs, TV shows and movies highlighting Thanksgiving as much as some other holidays, but there’s certainly enough to help you get in the spirit. Some nostalgic favorites of mine like A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Garfield’s Thanksgiving and Planes, Trains and Automobiles are all awesome choices this time of year. A few sitcoms have turned out great Thanksgiving episodes like The Cosby Show, Gilmore Girls, Roseanne, Friends and the hilariously classic “Turkeys Away” episode from WKRP in Cincinnati. Here’s a couple songs to go along with all the eating, digesting and napping as well:
"Turkey Gotta Gobble" - Reverend Horton Heat
"Thanksgiving Theme" - Vince Guaraldi Trio
From my personal “glory days” of SNL, I’ve always loved Adam Sandler’s “Thanksgiving Song” too. It’s kind of about Thanksgiving and it’s probably the only song to mention Darryl Strawberry, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jimmy Walker and turkey. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!