Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite days of the year, and this year was exceptional as several out-of-town friends made it back to Yellowstone Country for the long weekend.
I am not, however, ready to start celebrating Christmas. You see, we always had a rule in my house when I was growing up that we could not start decorating until all of the leftover turkey was gone. Like the dad in the movie A Christmas Story, my father is a true turkey lover who cannot get enough turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, turkey casserole, turkey a la king…you get the idea.
And since he insists on cooking a bird weighing at least 25 pounds, it takes a while before we can even think about displaying the nutcrackers and animated toys. Like every other kid I knew, I was ready to put up a tree as soon as Halloween was over. My dad always insisted on one holiday at a time and had his philosophy that Christmas was better if you did not try to celebrate it for too long.
Only after I got older did I appreciate his perspective.
That timing works out well here in Cody as the town plans to kick off the season Dec. 5.
As you know, I approach days like this with a plan.
I will start out in the mid-afternoon at Old Trail Town and check out the collection of Western, Victorian and old-fashioned decorations. There will also be entertainment, cookies and more in the wagon barn. I wonder if Butch Cassidy ever celebrated Christmas in our area.
After that stop I will head over to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West for its holiday open house and then make way to the center of town for the Christmas stroll from 4-6 p.m. This year I plan to be a spectator – not a participant – for the 23rd annual Cody Christmas Lighted Parade. Seems they haven’t forgotten that year I tried to lasso a certain cowboy musician from my float.
The parade will end when the big guy himself arrives and sets up shop for season. The “Santa House” will be a favorite for the young kids for the next three weeks. Think any of them will ask for a Red Rider BB gun?
All this sounds like a lot of fun, but before I get too excited I hear a turkey sandwich calling my name.
Until next week, I am lovin’ life – and Christmas parades – in Cody, Wyo.