Singing Owl tells us: Ah, the day after Thanksgiving–groan! Fortunately, I love Thanksgiving leftovers.

Thanksgiving is the American holiday when the greatest number of people travel somewhere else to celebrate. I am posting this from my son’s home in Minnesota where we are recovering from the food shopping and the preparations and the meal and the clean up. It is difficult to think of anything requiring much energy today, and I am enjoying my sweet baby granddaughter, so I will keep it simple. For those of you not in the USA, I apologize for the nationalistic tone of this Friday Five!

1. Did you go elsewhere for the day, or did you have visitors at your place instead? How was it?

We stayed home and had a nice quiet dinner. We thought about inviting a few friends, but my husband is suffering some side effects from the medication he’s on for the liver infection, so it was just the two of us.

2. Main course: If it was the turkey, the whole turkey, and nothing but the turkey, was it prepared in an unusual way? Or did you throw tradition to the winds and do something different?

Turkey sheperhd’s pie with a mashed sweet potato topping, dark wheat bread, and pumpkin chocolate cake.

3. Other than the meal, do you have any Thanksgiving customs that you observe every year?

Not really. If we had spent Thanksgiving with my family, we would have watched some football amidst the chaos.

4. The day after Thanksgiving is considered a major Christmas shopping day by most US retailers. Do you go out bargain hunting and shop ‘till you drop, or do you stay indoors with the blinds closed? Or something in between?

I stay home. The curtains are opened, but I am not going anywhere!

5. Let the HOLIDAY SEASON commence! When will your Christmas decorations go up?

Since we’re staying home for Christmas, I have decided to do the traditional decorating I’ve always wanted to do. I will put up the Advent wreath, calendar, and a few decorations on December 2. The Christmas tree and the rest of the decorations will go up December 24, and then I will take it down on Epiphany, January 6. I’ve always wanted to do this, but normally we are not in town for Christmas, so I put everything up the first Sunday of Advent and take it down on Epiphany.