Banning Thanksgiving


I’m banning Thanksgiving. You might be celebrating Turkey Day in your house on Thursday, but as for me, I’m having pizza. Yep. Ordering pizza on Wednesday night, then leftover pizza on Thursday. No Thanksgiving here. I’m banning it. Well, that’s not quite true. I’m not actually banning Thanksgiving, I’m postponing it. I have three children – all grown and married. They can’t all be home on Thursday, so we aren’t having celebrating Thanksgiving until December when my youngest flies home from New York. Because, I’ll be honest – without all the kids around the table, I’m not so thankful. It feels wrong.

A few years ago I tried it. One of my daughters (Lee Anne) was living in Portland, Oregon at the time so we celebrated with my other two kids (Scarlett and Rocky) and their spouses. We had all the fixings – turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits, deviled eggs, green bean casserole, and my no bake cherry cheesecake (see recipe in this newsletter). We had everything except Lee Anne. And I hated it. I was miserable. I couldn’t wait for that dinner to end and it was probably the quickest Thanksgiving clean-up ever. I wanted every trace of that dinner erased! It just wasn’t Thanksgiving without all of my chicks in the nest. The table might have been full, but all I could see was that empty chair.

So, this year. No Thanksgiving on Thursday. This year it is Scarlett who cannot come home Thursday. So, the ban is on in our house, or at least the postponement. We will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas on the same day – sometime in December. And we will all be together. And so very thankful.

May your Thanksgiving be full of love, food, and family – no matter what day you celebrate it.

About Cheryl Shireman

Cheryl Shireman lives in the Midwest on a beautiful lake with her husband, Bruce. She has three children and one adorable granddaughter who calls Cheryl “Bomb Bomb.” Her first novel is the bestselling Life Is But a Dream: On the Lake. Subsequent novels include Broken Resolutions and Life Is But a Dream: In the Mountains. Her latest work is the Cooper Moon series. Cheryl also authored the beloved, bestselling non-fiction book You Don’t Need a Prince: A Message to My Daughter. She writes full-time and right now is probably lost in words (most likely in her pajamas and staring out the window at the lake).


  1. I hear ya! High five! For the same reasons and also different ones. The kids aren’t coming. They’re in other states. But also, I work long hours this week due to high demand for “stuff”. I work every day, and am tired, sore, stiff. So why do I have to push myself and stand long hours in the kitchen on that one day I get off in between work shifts? Well, I DON’T. We’ll have it another day when I’m not so overworked. This is the WAY from now on!

    • You go girl! Good for you.

      For me, if the kids aren’t home, it’s just not the same. Instead of standing long hours in that kitchen, relax, put your feet up, enjoy a hot coffee or hot chocolate, and remember all the things you are faithful. Better time spent, in my opinion!

      Thanks for your comment, Rebecca. And Happy Thanksgiving !!!

  2. My kids haven’t left the nest yet (thank God), but I know I’d do the same if I were you. Whenever you celebrate, hope you have a great day!

  3. I’m such a tradionalist. We celebrated the day. We gave thanks. This year our table was more full than in years past, but it wasn’t quite the same as those special times filled with energy and love only family and kids can bring. Change, especially around holidays, is difficult. I have made the decision to celebrate the day for those who are here, but I’m ready to celebrate next Tuesday all over again, or December 12th, or February 8th. Not with all of the food and fixin’s, but definitely with the heart.

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