Drink wine.

Wait, that was last week’s blog. Or the week before that.

This week, we’re talking about Thanksgiving: How to enjoy it, and how to survive it.

“Like we said,” the girls told me. “Drink wine.”

But we have to elaborate, and you can’t just keep pushing your alcoholic ways, I said, as I reached for my glass.

So the ladies put on their turkey hats and got serious. What’s to say about this holiday that is approaching one week sooner than it should? And how can our readers get in front of this day and make it great? They offered three ways. (They said three ways, not three-ways. Geez!)

Get a tradition.

At Kelly’s house they start every Thanksgiving with a neighborhood game of touch football. The mere thought of this made me want to lose my gravy, but she swore by it. “It’s so much fun!” she said. I couldn’t tell if she was kidding.

Another tradition they have is the annual tablecloth creation and presentation. Every year, she finds her fabric markers (she’s crafty, I’ll tell you) and encourages her guests to write on the cloth what they’re grateful for. Then, each year, she pulls out the last year’s tablecloth and they lament last year’s joys – over wine.

This left the others struggling. Did they have any traditions? Did they do anything special? Did they just suck? Amber offered up a holiday gift tradition she and her daughter do for Christmas, but when it came to Thanksgiving, she brought nothing to the table.

Did Melissa have any traditions? Honestly, she is still thinking about it. (See last week’s blog.)

Get out of your comfort zone.

Does your stuffing have too much stuff in it? Are there foods you won’t eat? Turkey Trots you won’t run? Friends and family you won’t break bread with?

If so, another idea is to give thanks for the opportunity and just say yes. Try that nasty stuffing. Sign up for that crazy Turkey Challenge, and extend your table to all who are hungry.

Leave your crustiness for the Thanksgiving pies, and get out of your comfort zone. Amber knows. She’ll said she’ll eat the stuffing and whatever else is out there, including the turkey gizzards.

“I don’t discriminate,” she said. “Because of the vitamins.”

Screw Black Friday.

Another way to celebrate Thanksgiving? Take a pass on Black Friday.

I almost lost the girls here, when Amber started reminiscing about one of the times she went out on Black Friday. Apparently, she was so determined to buy a trampoline, she literally sat down on it and refused to get up.

“Wow,” the girls exclaimed! “Was this when you were a kid?” they asked in all sincerity.

“No,” she replied. “It was just a few years ago.”

Ah. Where’s that wine?

Anyway, back to the subject, the girls agreed Black Friday is just not worth it.

Kelly asked: Have you ever gotten a deal so good it was worth getting out of your PJs?

And Melissa asked: Why is it called Black Friday?

Shop Cyber Monday

A better option, they said: Drink and relax all weekend, and then sit on your couch and shop on Cyber Monday.

For example, check out all the sales here.

Or, prepare for more comfy days in these amazing olive joggers, trending this season.

Or, tell the world how you feel about stuffing (or turkey gizzards), with this Seriously Cannot Tank Top – also on sale.

Be grateful.

Finally, at the end of day, Thanksgiving is next week. We encourage you to enjoy it and survive it. With gratitude. We ourselves are counting our blessings. And our wine bottles. Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!