Thanksgiving is a great tradition, what with long weekend, the family, the food and the friendship. It’s also the best season of the year – leaves are falling, there’s a chill in the air, and everything feels just a little bit more romantic. Unless of course you’re diagnosed with Strep Throat and a middle ear infection the Tuesday before the holiday and you make the painful but practical decision to stay home alone while your husband goes to visit his family in South Carolina. That’s what happened this year. My mom is sick, too, so even though she’s only three hours away, we decided not to make any impromptu plans. Neither of us felt like driving. So late Wednesday afternoon, in a haze of sleep deprivation and antibiotics, I went to Wal-Mart to pick up a few items I could use to piece together an instant Thanksgiving dinner for myself…a rotisserie chicken, instant mashed potatoes, Velveeta shells and cheese, and banana pudding. The more I think about it the sadder it sounds. But even though it’s easy for me to wallow in self pity as I spend my first-ever solitary Thanksgiving, I don’t want to forget the true purpose of the occasion. So while I’m currently sitting in my husband’s recliner wearing mismatched socks, unflattering pajama pants and watching a cheesy Vanessa Hudgens Christmas movie, I have to acknowledge how fortunate I am to be here. Anyway, here is a silly post I wrote in 2010 that is still surprisingly accurate. Oh and for the record, The Princess Switch is an adorable, albeit flawed, little movie starring the beautiful Vanessa Hudgens and charming Nick Sagar and you can watch it on Netflix to kick-start your holiday spirit.