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The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday. Itís supposed to be the biggest holiday shopping day of the year.
Iím not going to the mall the Friday after Thanksgiving. But I am risking frost bite in my own home. Youíll find me in front of the fridge, eating leftovers.
No matter how good Thanksgiving dinner was, the leftovers are even better the next day. A sandwich made from cold sliced turkey topped with cranberry sauce is something to celebrate. Giblet gravy reheats nicely. Even the lima beans in cheese sauce taste better the second time. And if thereís any pie left, you can be doubly thankful.
As much as you love your family, you can have too much of a good thing Ė especially during the holidays.
On Thanksgiving Day, with all your relatives around you, you can be grateful for what you have. The day after Thanksgiving you give thanks that your loved ones have left and are safely home.
The post-Thanksgiving Friday is a time to enjoy good food, quietly opening the ziplock bags and plastic containers to get to the meat of things.
Today you donít have to worry about dropping Grandmaís wineglasses or chipping the heirloom china Ė theyíve been washed and put away. You canít spill anything on the best linen tablecloth. Itís in the laundry.
Relax, enjoy, and remember - if you eat standing up, the calories will slide right off.
(The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of St. Louis Public Radio.)
Elaine Viets is a freelance writer.