When most Americans envision their perfect Thanksgiving, they probably imagine a dining table full of good food surrounded by family and friends.

Turkey Day for me includes those things, but it also involves watching football.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love my tribe & enjoy our beloved American Thanksgiving tradition.

But, there’s no way I can make it through an overload of family and festivities without the NFL on in the background.

Hey, don’t blame me.  You’ve probably been there too.

There’s only so much good tidings and turkey a person can endure in one day.

Sound cold?  My husband would tell you I’m just a realist.

The fact is, the NFL knows that most of us need a quick escape from the holiday while we are at our gatherings, or else they wouldn’t televise three games back to back on Thanksgiving.

Heck, football on Thanksgiving has been the tradition since 1869 (only 6 years after President Lincoln declared the first holiday).

So, if you want to make it through Thursday like me, I suggest the following: Make it plain to your guests or ensuing host that you must have control of the television from approximately 12:30pm to whenever you depart.

Don’t worry about kids who want to watch cartoons or view Christmas movies they’ve seen a hundred times before.

Just tell them that if they want your company, the remote control stays permanently in your hands.

That’s just the way it has to be.

As for our British compatriots, I’m not sure how to advise you.

I realize that 1 out of every 6 of you celebrate “Britsgiving” along with us.

Assuming you don’t get live American TV, I guess you’re on your own.

Good luck.

2016 Thanksgiving NFL Schedule:

  • 12:30PM – Vikings at Lions (CBS)
  • 4:30PM – Redskins at Cowboys (FOX)
  • 8:30PM – Steelers at Colts (NBC)


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