Mark your calendars. 2012 marks the beginning of a new holiday tradition – end of Turkey Day and the beginning of Bill Day.
Similar to Festivus, it is completely contrived, so it can be anything we want. We reserve the right to add a catchy slogan (how great is “Festivus for the rest of us!?”) and/or adjust the holiday name at a future date.
But more on Bill Day in a minute.
So, The Dude Family trekked up the to DC area for Thanksgiving. Every other year we celebrate Turkey Day with my sister – aka Lady in a Shoe because she has a ridiculous amount of kids…although The Dudes are catching up fast.
Two years ago it broke out into a children’s Thanksgiving Day dance party…a rare sight on eat-until-you-sleep day.
This year, we stretched it out to four days and even included a trip to Washington, DC with three adults and six kids from 2-8…on the Metro! We’re ballsy.
Chillin’ at the White House…
Little Dude at White House
led to antagonizing at the White House…
which led to a White House wrastling match…
White House Wrastling
that led us to taking a deep breath and watching the world pass us by at the Washington Monument…
Washington Monument Chillin’
Much to be Thankful for. Indeed.
After a great day in the big city, we learned that Thanksgiving had been canceled!!! 🙁
To be fair, Thanksgiving wasn’t actually canceled. It was just postponed to Friday. But “Thanksgiving Postponed” doesn’t have the same impact.
Turns out the Dude’s Padre – aka Bill – decided to get the flu vaccine the day before the turkey was to be served. And the flue vaccine made him feel muy mal.
Bill, Doc, really?! The day before Thanksgiving? #headshake.
Let me pull up my soapbox and clear my throat….ah hem…this is where I link to the Dude’s Tips for Cold & Flu season as an unveiled “I told you so.” 🙂
So, Bill was too sick to join us for Thanksgiving, and by Friday Grammie had to leave Papa at home to carry on with the festivities.
But Thanksgiving is Thursday, not Friday! Well, it was. Now Thursday has become Bill Day, and Black Friday has become the new Thanksgiving.
All the cool kids are doing it.
Bill Day = do anything you want day. Everyone else is busy, so the world is your oyster. We chose to go for a hike, cut wood, light a fire, drink beer and watch football…while relegating the kids to the basement to fend for themselves.
Much like Thanksgiving…but no turkey. The perfect Bill Day!
Then we enjoyed a great Thanksgiving on Friday while everyone was beating the shiz out of each other to get the last pre-paid cell phone and/or .50 cent towel at Walmart.
All in all, a pretty great tweak to the Dude’s favorite holiday (4th of July is a close 2nd). Although, we did miss you Papa.
But golfing by Sunday?! Are you sure you were sick…or just avoiding a house with 6 kids and a pregnant lady?
Hey, it’s Bill Day…do you. 🙂