Here we go again!! I can’t believe the holidays are just around the corner. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. I don’t know about your families but my memories of extremely dysfunctional holidays still make me smile. We’ve all seen “Hollywood’s” version of the holidays on television. From the Cosby show to Law and Order, everyone seems to come together on the holidays.

Really? Families really come together like that? I don’t mean to be skeptical and believe me, I LOVE my holiday memories. I had more fun and have more great stories during the holidays but believe me when I say we didn’t have mom walking out with a whole turkey and everyone bursting into applause.

One of my family’s favorite stories is when I was very young one of my uncles showed up at our house during deer season with a buck he had just shot. (This is South Dakota people, deer hunting is a reality)…. I walked outside, stared at that beautiful creature and asked my uncle where he got it. I remember him looking down at me with a very serious look on his face and simply saying “from Santa’s sleigh”. My family likes to say that he went on for several minutes explaining that he was aiming at Donner because he ate his hay, but accidentally shot Blitzen. I guess I was initially shocked, but took it pretty well and even at that early age, I knew my uncle was a little off.

I guess what I’m saying is that the holidays are what you make of them. Whether your drunken second cousin knocks over the Christmas tree or you have a traditional holiday….. It’s all about family and friends, good or bad. Every year there are deaths in families, divorce and families splitting apart. But hopefully there is a family member or a friend that will be there to help pick up the pieces.

The thing is, we all have someone in our family that may embarrass us at times but when you look across the table at Uncle Chuck with gravy all over his shirt, remember how lucky you are that you are able to be with family and friends in a warm house….. with crazy Uncle Chuck.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and I’ll talk to you soon.

Until then, keep your boots clean.