Last year’s election drove many of us headfirst into the holidays as a coping mechanism, and 2017 is certainly giving us plenty of reasons to continue the tradition. Still, it was alarming to see Christmas decorations appear in our neighborhood at approximately 12:01 A.M. on Halloween night. Did I miss a question on the ballot? Did we agree to skip an entire month? Poor November is always a Thelma to December’s Daphne. In our house, we live by Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade rules: no Santa until we’ve seen the turkey. It also helps that we celebrate with a beloved family tradition, the Jack Horner Pie. Each year, we collect ornaments for our Thanksgiving dinner guests (lovingly selected at Cost Plus World Market
), wrap them, and tie them up with a name tag on the end of a string. The presents go into a “pie” (in this case, a giant salad bowl covered in construction paper). After dinner, we place it in the center of the table, find our name tags, and on the count of three, pull! Paper is ripped, ornaments going flying, and everyone has fun comparing treats. For this traditionalist, it doesn’t feel like the start of the holidays without it.