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The Best Thanksgiving Episodes. Ever.

So as part of my new Thanksgiving tradition, last year I scoured the web for the best Thanksgiving episodes. This year I plan on watching them while I cook on Wednesday night and Thanksgiving day. These episodes are either nostalgic or classic.

Please feel free to include any you think I am missing in the comments. Spread the joy!! Share the tradition.

The one with all the Thanksgivings

Friends “The Ones with All the Thanksgivings”

Stuffed to the brim, the group start reminiscing about Thanksgivings past. I love this episode because of the 80’s flashbacks.

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“Turkeys Away” from WKRP in Cincinnati

This year was first time viewing this episode and I laughed out loud. I have faint memories of WKRP from childhood but actually started working my way through the first season because of this episode.

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Big Bang Theory “The Platonic Permutation”

I love BBT. Enough said.

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Mad About You “Gibblets for Murray”

Trying to make everyone happy at Thanksgiving is impossible. But these two will die trying hosting Thanksgiving for the first time at their home. Cranberries come from a can.

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How I Met your mother  “Slapsgiving”

The show in general is sketchy but the whole concept of Slapsgiving is brilliant.

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Bewitched   “Thanksgiving to Remember”

It’s a classic. Like pumpkin pie.

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Brooklyn 99  Thanksgiving

Boyle Bingo, Amy’s toast and a clogged toilet. Triple threat.

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Cheers “Thanksgiving Orphans”

Another show I remember from being little. This one had me in stitches last year. And also very thankful that my holidays have never been this dramatic.

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Gilmore Girls “A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving”

Can you believe the Girls are getting back together!!! Dreams do come true!!!

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Greys Anatomy “Thanks for the Memories”

I will also love the first 3 seasons of Greys. This episode is fall to me.

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Last one…

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West Wing “Noel”

This is a Christmas episode. But it is amazing. And an important reminder that the Holidays can be hard for others. Josh is struggling with PTSD after the shooting. And he finds healing. It also has one of my favorite recovery dialogues of all time.

Season 2 Episode 10 Netflix

Please feel free to include any you think I am missing in the comments. Spread the joy!! Share the tradition.

Love, Love, Love

The Girl Who Lives In My Head

P.S. Here is a list I found of a best of Christmas episodes on Netflix. Can’t wait to check them out!!!

Singlish for the Holidays. 

This year, I’m not quite single for the holidays. I’ve got the FFK* with me.

But as I mentioned last year, I have learned that I need to be intentional about the holidays so that I don’t end up singing Blue Christmas. As a singlish person living on a tropical island, fall and the holiday season can create a little sadness, loneliness and longing. For home. For more. For a simpler time.  And lets be honest…It doesn’t feel like the holidays when the sun is shining and everyone is wearing bathing suits.

So may I present to you this years….

CREATE THINE OWN HOLIDAY TRADITIONS 2016

October 1.

Decorate for Fall. Start drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Light a fall scented candle.

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Mid-October.

Head to the Pumpkin Patch with the FFK and a few friends. Wear a sweater. Drink lavender tea at the Lavender Farm. Snuggle up with Finding Father Christmas and a blanket (and the AC cranked).

November 1.

Begin Operation Random Acts of Kindness. This addition is inspired by my friend Jenna. Something happens in my soul when Christmas starts shining in the distance. All of the sudden I am aware of all the things I want. This year, I want to focus on meeting the needs of others. Hopefully with the FFK  in tow, we can get creative and spread a little light and a little joy. Don’t tell her though. It’s a surprise.

The Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Because I travel for Christmas, I have found that decorating early makes all the difference. So bring on the Christmas music and lets deck the halls!!!  I am one of those saps who needs at least 6 weeks of Christmas music to feel like I got my moneys worth.

The night before Thanksgiving.

Last year I struck tradition gold. I compiled the best Thanksgiving episodes of all time (in my humble opinion).  The FFK and I will while away the evening watching these classics as we cook our Thanksgiving delights. There is a slight chance that the FFK will roll her eyes and mock my television brilliance. If so, we will end up watching The Walking Dead. But here’s hoping.

Thanksgiving.

This year I’m planning on attending Gluten-Free Thanksgiving with the usual suspects. The FFK decided she wants to join us because, “that way I can have two Thanksgivings. One with you. And one with my mom on Saturday.” I’ll be honest. I choked up a little when she was making the plan. This fostering thing is tricky. You have to keep both an open hand and an engaged heart. It’s an interesting balance.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving.

2 words. Gilmore Girls. 3 more words.  All day binge. Thankfully the FFK will be feasting with her mom all day.

December 1

To be honest. That’s about all I can get my head around at this point. I am a born antcipator but life has gotten a little more full. So the plan for December…will have to wait.

In the meantime…

How do you celebrate fall and the coming holiday season?

I’d love to know!

Love, Love, Love,

The Girl Who Lives in My Head

  • FFK=Future Foster Kid. It started as a way to refer to whomever I would end up fostering. As in, here is the FFK room. Once she came to live with me, I still call her that in my head at times.