Amy Rees Anderson

It’s Thanksgiving and I say “Thank heaven for stretchy pants!”

Each Thanksgiving we go around the dinner table and share what we are grateful for that year. It is a tradition we never miss doing. And every year in the back of my mind there is something I am truly grateful for on Thanksgiving, but I’m always too embarrassed to say it out loud, but this year I am going to own it…this year I say “Thank Heaven for Stretchy Pants!!!” I couldn’t survive Thanksgiving dinner without them!

A few years ago I shared a Thanksgiving poem that I love so much I just had to share it again because it totally supports my appreciation of stretchy pants. It’s called T’was The Night of Thanksgiving:

T’was the night of Thanksgiving,

But I just couldn’t sleep.

I tried counting backwards,

I tried counting sheep.

The leftovers beckoned,

The dark meat and white.

But I fought the temptation,

With all of my might.

Tossing and turning,

with anticipation.

The thought of a snack

became infatuation.

So I raced to the kitchen,

Flung open the door,

And gazed at the fridge,

Full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey,

And buttered potatoes,

Pickles and carrots,

Beans and tomatoes.

I felt myself swelling,

So plump and so round.

‘til all of a sudden,

I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling,

Floating into the sky,

With a mouthful of pudding,

And a handful of pie.

But I managed to yell

As I soared past the trees

Happy eating to all,

Pass the cranberries, please!!

May your stuffing be tasty

May your turkey be plump.

May your potatoes and gravy

Have nary a lump.

May your yams be delicious,

May your pies take the prize

And May your Thanksgiving dinner

Stay off of your thighs!


To all of you I say “HAPPY THANKGIVING!” May your holiday be full of loving family and friends, and incredibly delicious food, and a really, really comfortable pair of stretchy pants!

I will be back to post on Sunday night as I take the holiday off from writing my blog so I can focus on my family. Have a great holiday everyone!



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