Thanksgiving is once again upon us; I still cannot get over how early it falls this year. It has been throwing me off for weeks. And with all the decorations that are already up, it feels more like we are approaching Christmas. True story – walking into the mall the other day and seeing it decked out for the holidays I almost gave myself a panic attack, thinking that I was way behind on my Christmas preparation (which is actually pretty minimal). I had to remind myself that all appearances to the contrary, it was only November.
Though many of you are spending the day with your families, I couldn’t resist posting a few Thanksgiving related items to commemorate today.
First up, Funny or Die has an animated Larry David’s Thanksgiving, which is a much more realistic portrayal of the holiday than A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (which is awesome in its own way):
Curious why the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys always play on Thanksgiving? Mental Floss has the answer.
More Thanksgiving fun facts – NPR examines how Thanksgiving wound up on the fourth Thursday of November.
Channel Guide has a good roundup of the Thanksgiving TV marathons. I’m hoping to catch some of SyFy’s Bond movie marathon.
The A.V. Club has a story on 20 great impromptu TV Thanksgivings.
A bunch of new movies are opening for the holiday weekend: Life of Pi, Red Dawn, Rise of the Guardians and Silver Linings Playbook.
It’s not really my thing, but if you love the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade TLC has what they bill as the ultimate guide to the parade.
CNN looks in on the life of a pardoned turkey.
For Breaking Bad fans, check out this parody video Breaking Bread:
Need something to liven up your Thanksgiving dinner? Flavorpill has you covered with their Thanksgiving Bingo. Fun for the whole family.
Also from Flavorpill – “How to celebrate Thanksgiving like your favorite TV characters.” I’d forgotten that Friends did some great Thanksgiving episodes (including an appearance by Brad Pitt). I’m also that How I Met Your Mother’s “Slapsgiving” episodes made the cut. I miss when that show used to be watchable. Sigh.
This is for my college roommate Jenn – The Brady Bunch does the first Thanksgiving:
The good people over at Grantland have compiled their YouTube videos Hall of Fame, Thanksgiving edition. I agree – I would love to see that faux trailer for Thanksgiving (from Grindhouse) made into a real movie.
The band The National decided to cover the Thanksgiving song that Linda sings on last week’s episode of Bob’s Burgers (“An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal”):
For me, it isn’t Thanksgiving until I hear Adam Sandler’s Thanksgiving Song:
For those of you planning on shopping on Black Friday, Screencrush has some of the best deals available for movie and TV fans. For those that prefer on-line shopping, here is Amazon.com’s schedule of DVD deals (word of warning – these deals go quickly! I scored a deep discount yesterday on The Kids in the Hall box set, but it sold out in less than one minute)
Jimmy Kimmel presented the overlooked Peanuts holiday special, It’s Black Friday, Charlie Brown:
Finally, Thanksgiving is a time to pause and give thanks for all the things that you have to be grateful for. I’m thankful that I have so much to be thankful for this year – I am truly a lucky person – but I wanted to thank all my blog readers for making this blogging experiment of mine successful. I am thankful to have this creative outlet and I truly appreciate that people take the time out of their busy lives to stop by and read what I write.
Happy Thanksgiving! However you are celebrating, I hope you have a wonderful day!