Staying in Anacortes for a few days, on a glorified long weekend, principally to pick up some duty free cigs, but also for Thanksgiving. A glorified roast dinner with a few side dish traditions it makes for an interesting couple of days. The parades are decent enough, an pumpkin pie is an underrated desert, but where the Americans really excel is the sheer volume of sport on the day. 'Football', aka a perverts rugby league, is on every channel throughout the day. Compare this with Christmas in the UK, there is absolutely no 'soccer' on any channel, at any hour. Given, boxing day serves up its fair share of games, and the festive season as a whole has four games in eight days, but no games when I'm stuffed full of bird, half-cut, attempting to avoid conversation with family members. I think we can take the lead from the yanks here, and fill our main day of food and festivity with footie. 12.45, 3 and 5.15 games will make sure that if you're either a 1pm or 5pm family, there'll be a least 1 and half games to watch. It may prove divisive in some families, but if you're surrounded by screaming toddlers, it'll preserve what fragments of family unity remain.