10. Don’t cook a big turkey, and don’t buy a turkey already prepared or you will have a lot of leftovers. The best part of being alone on Thanksgiving is wallowing in self-pity, but you can’t do that if you’re staring at a sumptuous turkey dinner and beaucoup left-overs. Instead buy a Turkey TV Dinner. I prefer Marie Callendar’s, but any comparable brand will do. Open a can of cranberry sauce and serve it on the side, and prepare any other trimmings that you like best such as yam boats and vegies. Pumpkin pie is easy to make, and it will make you home-sick, but don’t go crazy with the spices. Mom couldn’t afford them, and the cinnamon is all you really need. And that can of condensed milk in your cupboard is NOT the same as evaporated milk.
9. Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and remember how much better it used to be in the old days.
8. Watch the football game on tv, even if you don’t like the Dallas Cowboys or the Detroit Lions, or football for that matter. Cheer for the home-team and you’ll be in synch with all the noise on the television.
7. Watch a movie and have a good cry. Here’s some of my favorites:
- “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” I love that movie, and I always cry for “Cat” when Holly ditches him in the alley.
- “The Apartment,” with Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine. I can watch it anytime, really, but when you’re all alone it’s even better. The moral: there’s somebody nice out there even if you’re just an ordinary, decent slob, which isn’t really true, but it’s fun to hope.
6. Watch a movie and have a good laugh. They’ll probably be showing Miracle on 34th Street and Charley Brown’s Thanksgiving on television, but you’re going to need much more than that to break out of your dumps. So pick some of your favorites. Here’s some suggestions:
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail -
- “Home Alone” is a good one, and seeing all the snow and ice on the street will remind you that first cold snap is just around the corner.
- Anything with Peter Sellers – Just because he’s a crack-up.
I would have suggested some really good and really long movies like “The Last of the Mohicans” (w/Daniel Day Lewis), “The Great Escape,” or “Dr. Zhivago,” but they go better when you are sick, because then you can fall asleep and wake up, and the movie will still be going on and, if you’re lucky you fall in and out of delirium and begin to dream yourself into the movie. If you suspect you might be terminally ill, try “Lawrence of Arabia” or “The English Patient.”
5. Curl up in front of a crackling fire-place, or even just turn on a noisy fan and read a book, preferably one that you love, or a time-less classic that is NOT MOBY DICK!! Don’t read Diary of A Young Girl either - Anne Frank is all about the first day of spring. :-)
4. Write a bunch of stuff in your blog, or read somebody else’s blog, and leave all kinds of snide little comments.
3. Go to a deserted beach and watch for mermaids, or search for them on the internet.
2. I couldn’t think of a 2nd thing – there’s just not that much to do on Thanksgiving by yourself.
So you’re better off not letting it happen. But if you honestly can’t help being alone on Thanksgiving, the number one thing to do is:
1. Listen to all the great Thanksgiving Music…