Thanksgiving is almost upon us. The day that started as a way to give thanks and then became all about the food, has now become all about the football. While the food is still important, just try getting anyone to the table if it is a crucial moment in the game. Planning is essential, so you need to know the NFL schedule.
The NFL has three games scheduled for Thanksgiving. The Detroit Lions are hosting the New England Patriots at 12:30PM on CBS. The Dallas Cowboys host the New Orleans Saints at 4:15PM on FOX. Finally, at 8:20PM, the New York Jets host the Cincinnati Bengals on the NFL Network. The day is filled with football, with very little time available for the family to sit down and eat.
The average NFL football game lasts about three hours and fifteen minutes. The first game starts at 12:30PM, so by using the average game time, you can figure the Lions and Patriots to be done by 3:45PM. The start time for the second game is 4:15PM, which gives you a half hour window in which to get your family to the table.
Unless you plan on having Thanksgiving dinner before the games start, you will have to plan on having the table set by 3:30PM. The biggest part of your meal will probably be the turkey. Check your cooking time to make sure the bird is on the table, with time for your football fans to eat, before the next game. Food warmers are always helpful on days like this. As is patience and understanding.
When you are sure the first game is over or winding down, lower the volume of the television and announce dinner time. The lowering of the volume accomplishes two things. It gets everyone to the table, and doesn’t allow them to be distracted by the start of the second game. Enjoy a nice family Thanksgiving dinner, just don’t be surprised if the conversation is all about football.
As your diners leave your table and head back to the television, it’s time to regroup. Halftime of the second game, the Cowboys and Saints, should be about 6PM, so make sure the desserts are ready. This is a good opportunity to fill the table with some of the leftovers as well.
Thanksgiving day, if you live in a football household, can still be a nice family day if it is well planned. Have dinner ready too early, you risk it getting cold before anyone makes it to the table. Have your Thanksgiving meal make it to the table too late, and you will be faced with your diners picking up their plate and heading to the front of the television.
While everyone else is being thankful for the NFL football on television, you can also give thanks. Be thankful you have a day that gets the family together, even if football is the main draw. Maybe even more important, be thankful all your guests will be distracted leaving you alone to cook. Thankgiving has become all about football, but with the right planning, you can make it all about family, food, and giving thanks again.