Have you seen the Christmas stuff in the stores? I have even in China. LOLOLOL The Christmas stuff doesn’t exactly look the same. There was a yellow Santa Claus! NO, JUST NO!!!! Well, I’m one of the people who does NOT like seeing Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. I understand that stores have such insane quantities of stuff that the merchandising must begin well in advance of the holiday, but for me and my house we will have Thanksgiving decor until at least after turkey day.  Last year, we had a very pathetic little Thanksgiving dinner. It was the best we could muster without an oven in our home in China. Ovens are NOT a normal thing here. We have one now because we moved into foreigner housing.  I have made our entire Thanksgiving meal many many times since we have mostly lived away from extended family. I enjoy the process of purchasing a turkey in advance, preparing the menu, and executing the meal. I will be going home for the holiday. I am very excited to cook the food and EAT it. I also have some one on one hikes planned with my new teenager. We aren’t all going due to the lack of school days off. That means that children preparing for AP tests in the spring DO NOT get turkey day week off. Thanksgiving is such a cool holiday. #givethanks

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