It’s the best time of the year…

That’s right, I’m talking about Thanksgiving.  Absolutely the best holiday of them all. 

As Christmas has finally been hijacked by radio stations (Jingle Bells on the afternoon of Halloween?!?)  and Wal-Mart (fake trees and nylon Santa air bags half-way through October?!?) Thanksgiving has [for me] officially displaced it.  Sure, Christmas has long suffered from corporate created overexpectations, but Valentines Day and birthdays have been grappling with that since Day 1.  Saint Patricks day is innocuous enough – if you don’t deal with pinching-prone people – and maybe I would appreciate it more if I were of a stronger Irish heritage (although many people have referred to me as Paul O’Fender) but, The Day of Much Food a Little Football and Few Additional Expectations has emerged as a truly enjoyable holiday.   Allow me illustrate:

Traditional Holiday Meal: t-daydinner.jpg

Aside from my youngest with a little case of red-eye that I’m too lazy to edit and my oldest trying out for the All-Amish eating team, this is a pretty straightforward celebration. Way to look happy kids! Keep up the enthusiasm boys!

Now, add Thanksgiving, and this is what you get:  t-daydinnermaddenstyle.jpg

Look at Katy lean into that blindside fade block by Hanna so she can bounce off and complete her route to the potatoes!  BAM!

See Andrew get cut off by Elli (after she’s already completed her GrabARoll Hitch pattern!!) when he doesn’t penetrate! BOOM!  NO POTATOES FOR YOU – LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE EATING SALAD ON THE OPENING DRIVE THERE MISTER!

Susanna has probably the easiest assignment – a simple fly pattern to the stuffing.  But what’s this?!? Zach has bounced it outside and come off the YamBlock by Becky offering secondary pursuit to stop Susanna!  THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!!  SECOND EFFORT GETTING TO THAT STUFFING!!  He even picks up some cranberry sauce on his way – laying the groundwork for success in the Turkey phase of the game!  HE WON’T BE DENIED ON THE OPENING DRIVE!  THAT’S WHAT MAKES THIS GUY SPECIAL!!

WHich, of course leaves Mom at First and Yams while Dad is in the locker room with the plate of Turkey. 

That, my friends, is a holiday.

Since we’re all into learning, it’s also an illustration of using an illustration – but you alread knew that 😉  Happy Holidays all – I LOVE this time of year!

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