Beth Siegalkoff

National Tie One On Day is always celebrated the day before Thanksgiving. It is a day to “give from the heart” because tomorrow, we will give thanks for what we have.

Yes, I wrote about this last year, but it bears repeating.

Today, you get the opportunity to put the “give” back into Thanksgiving, by doing one small, good deed for someone who is in the middle of tough times.

A Tie One On Day tradition is to bake a fresh loaf of bread or, if you are not a baker, purchase one from a bakery, wrap it up in a brand new apron, or kitchen towel, or basket, etc., and tuck in an encouraging note or prayer. Then give it to someone who may have lost a job, is ill, recently lost a loved one, or anyone you feel needs encouragement.

While you don’t have to be an anonymous giver, it is better if you do. You don’t give to get gratitude; you give because it is the right thing to do.

And what is on your dinner plate tonight? I know some families eat very sparsely as our forefathers did at the first Thanksgiving gatherings, eating vegetables, soups and bread. And then they go all out tomorrow serving a full fledge Thanksgiving dinner – starting with appetizers, then turkey, fixed three ways (roasted, barbecued and deep fried), baked ham, three kinds of potatoes, gravy, dressing baked outside the turkey or stuffing cooked inside the turkey, rolls with real butter, salads and all kinds of hot side dishes – even that ever present, not my favorite, green bean casserole, and for dessert – pies galore with whipped cream, cookies, cakes, ice cream, etc.

Remember to take a walk (take a hike) between dinner and dessert. Taking time between dinner and dessert gives the young people at your gathering time to clear the table, store the leftovers and do the dishes.

Other activities, if the weather is not to your liking for a walk, are filling out Christmas lists (or, in my family’s case, adding to their lists), playing turkey bingo, watching a sporting event, or just taking a 20-minute power nap.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

To quote Michael Strahan, “If you are not the one doing the cooking, then stay out of the way and always compliment the chef.”

And what do you do the days after Thanksgiving if you are not shopping? Decorating for Christmas, of course! But first, start off breakfast with coffee and a piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Then the fun begins.

Hopefully, it will only take a couple of hours to pack and store the fall decorations. This is one of my favorite things to do. I put on a Christmas shirt, turn the radio on low, playing Christmas carols, turn on all the TVs to a Christmas movie, bring out my decoration plan for this year and get started. There will be containers in every room, and it will look like red and green chaos until it all comes together. And it will look great when I am done. And somewhere in the middle, I will put my feet up, have a cup of coffee and a leftover piece of my daughter’s pecan pie and watch one of the many new Christmas movies I have recorded.

Yes, I am a pie lover, and it is the most wonderful time of the year.

Recipe for the day: Pumpkin Bread

Flowers for the day: Marigolds

There are 30 shopping days until Christmas and 37 days until the New Year begins.

Dates to remember

Dec. 7- Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Dec. 20-31 – Christmas vacation for the high schools

Dec. 21 – First day of Winter Solstice

Dec. 25 – Christmas

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.