The Moments Before Thanksgiving
“I love those moments before Thanksgiving dinner gets underway. I love how the candles twinkle in the low light of late afternoon and the windows are fogged with steam from the mashed potatoes and I can hear, out in the yard, a whisper of laughter that will soon become a storm: car doors slamming, friends and family arriving for the weekend, company on the step. There are knock-knocks and you-made-its, hugs and lots of luggage and bottles of wine. The turkey smells great. Let’s go.
I love the meal just as much, with its toasts and camaraderie and plates piled high, love the gravy spills and the red bloom of cranberries dropped on the tablecloth, and how people you never thought would eat very much are going back for seconds, for thirds. The wine gives way to whiskey, to deeper conversation, even as someone goes to sleep on the couch, and it’s fine.”
From “Thanksgiving Leftovers Fit for a King” by @samsifton for the New York Times Magazine.
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