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Turkey Blood Is Pilgrim For Dry Red Wine.

Hey. If you want, go ahead and leave a Happy First Thanksgiving message here for the very star of our tiny show, Violet. Tonight marks the once-in-a-lifetime kickoff to her very first American Holiday Season. I am extremely excited/effervescent for her too. I've been waiting for these days, pretty much all of my life. Now: they're here.

If you choose to leave a message, leave your name and maybe where you live too. Then, I'll read them all to her out loud and film her reaction (which will likely involve slobber). I'll post that little gem up as soon as she has enough greetings.

And just think, years from now, when you're in a nursing home with cranberries all over your triple chin and shirt front, and a little yam turd in your adult diaper, a grown up Violet will be able to take a break from her own Thanksgiving insanity to steal away and watch a video from long ago, when the world/you first welcomed her to the most wonderful time of the year.

EXTRA EXTRA!!!! Also: check back later tonight from wherever you are (barroom, plane, bus, your old bedroom still decorated with posters of the dorks you worshiped in Middle School still tacked to the wall) for a Thanksgiving thing I'm writing.



Reader Comments (27)

Happy Thanksgiving Viloet. You are a very lucky little lady with parents that love you very much. The holidays are my absolute favorite time of year, they are pure magic. I hope you have a lifetime of magic.
Kelly, NYC

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Oh Violet - when you chase the vacuum cleaner around the house in your little walky-thing it makes me smile so big my cheeks hurt! Thanks so much for giving your folks and us readers so many reasons to smile! Have a beautiful thanksgiving.

Norma Jean, Belleville, Ontario

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNorma Jean

Dear Violet,

You have no idea how your adventures enlighten my day. Through you I get to relive the joys of raising my own two kids (now 10 and 17 years old). You are a very fortunate young lady to have talented and loving parents such as yours. You are destined for a very special place in this world, Violet. Thank you (and your parents) for letting me be a part of it in some small way. Happy First Thanksgiving of many.

Brooks Tuck, Roanoke, VA.

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVan Stuard

Happy Happy Wonderful Holiday Season to the very sweet and obviously adored Violet! This time of year is pure magic when you are a kid and again when you have children of your own.
Wyndi, Nacogdoches TX

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWyndi Cage

Happy Thanksgiving Violet! Make sure your momma feeds you lots of mashed potatoes, b/c those are the best!
I hope you get all you want for your very first Christmas!
Yours very truly
Jenny from Fort Smith, Arkansas

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Your mama can dance and your daddy can rock and roll and so can you. Enjoy your first thanksgiving and christmas, too.

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfellowdad

Violet - Your parents are so thankful for you and millions and millions of internet readers are thankful you gave your parents something to write about. Watch out for Walmart shoppers.

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAsk Angie

Happy Thanksgiving Violet!
This is your first ever Thanksgiving and even though I don't really know what it's all about because I'm English and we don't get to celebrate this particular turkey day in my country, it sounds like your parents are going to make it extra special for you!
Enjoy the holidays with your Mummy and Daddy and your gorgeous friends Max and Milo, I hope the whole season will be magical for you and you enjoy watching this video over and over again in the years to come!

Vicki- Nice, France

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVics

Pretty Little Violet,
While we lament the loss of your yummy gummy goodness to the oral progression of those tiny teeth, it does bring us all boundless bliss to know you're that much closer to eating everything on the turkey-topped table!
Happy First Thanksgiving!
Christy- Richmond, VA

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterC.A.M.

Happy First Thanksgiving!
I remember the first thanksgiving with my first born. So memorably beautiful and now, it's 33 years later.(How'd that happen?)
May you have many wonderful holidays with your parents.
Diana, Miami, Florida

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


It's your first Thanksgiving. This is what you need to know.

2)Turkey is amazing.
3)Even if every Thanksgiving from here on out isn't perfect, as an adult you will require blown out of proportion stories about your family during the holiday season and how crazy it was growing up with them. These stories will give you something to say when you get stuck in a corner at a lame party talking to the person trying to bury you in, 'my life was so hard' type fodder. At this point you will insert your hilarious childhood Thanksgiving story, walk away happy that you have proven how well adjusted you are, and silently thank your parents for being kick ass and not allowing you to turn into THAT person.
4) Turkey.

Happy first Thanksgiving Violet.

Vancouver, Canada

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Happy first Thanksgiving Violet, from the other side of the world. We don't get to have turkey tomorrow - we save it for Christmas - but as I work for an American retail corporation I still get to celebrate Black Friday with a 7:30am start in the rain.

You are awesome. Don't puke on mama and daddy tomorrow if you eat too much pumpkin pie.

Glasgow, Scotland

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlast year's girl

Tomorrow I say start with dessert. There's absolutely no rules about tucking into the pumpkin pie before the jenny-o has been sliced up. And those mashed potatos (they're cooked, aren't they? must have been your mom!), those things are pretty great for throwing. Squash and yams and sweet potatos may be subbed for them as well. Maybe top off the whole thing with a nice, refreshing sippy-cup full of gravy. Are you familiar with fat pants? maybe have mom loosen the straps on that old diaper a little bit to let things breathe. And naps are perfectly acceptable at any point in the day on turkeyday. Have a great turkeyday!

Tom R
the wilds of Wisconsin

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I hope that as you grow up, you learn what Thanksgiving is really all about: good food. This year, my Thanksgiving is going to suck, because we're going to my grandparents' for dinner. Instead of my dad's carefully basted turkey, homemade rosemary gravy, and rolls baked from scratch, I'll be eating stuffing with black beans and celery, and some ham.
Also, candy canes are made from elf bones.

Aubri (SLC)

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteraubriane

Happy 1st Thanksgiving, Violet! Have yourself a turkey leg and a heaping pile of green bean casserole on me.

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael McCarty

Dear Violet,

Your daddy's lilting prose about his love for you makes my heart ache for the sheer loveliness of it. You are a very lucky little girl.

My advice for Thanksgiving (or any holiday, for that matter) is not to buy into the hype. It's not about the small stuff, the TV specials, the's about being with the people that you love, no joke.

Your life is going to be filled with magic, just wait. :)

Tiffany (SLC)

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRivit Snitch

Happy first Thanksgiving Day, V! Gobble-gobble!
Nina, Okla.

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

turkey, smirky, kirky, lurky, turkey-doodle-doo!

eleni, illinois

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


You were born the same year Bob Dylan released a Christmas record. Two Amazing Events. Happy Thanksgiving!

Manassas, Virginia

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dear Violet,
we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in Italy, but I can tell you I'm really thankful that your parents introduced you to us in their blogs...
You're such a cute girl, loved and adored by your family, and I wish you all the best for your life!
Happy Thanksgiving from Serena and her 2 years old daughter Ginevra.
Ciao bellissima bambina!

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersummermum

Violet -

Happy first Thanksgiving! Enjoy slurping up some mashed potatoes and gravy through that yummy, gummy grin of yours.

Cindi in South Carolina

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCindi

Hello Violet from Holland Park in London Town where your Daddy lived for a while.
My friend Steve and I (well mainly him cos i was filming it on my iphone) made you a little Star Spangled Banner tune improvisation for your first Thanksgiving.
We laid down the tracks and then added some live sax
You can see it here

Lots of love for you first Thanksgiving
Amanda, Steve and Paul

November 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Happy first Thanksgiving Day [weekend] sweet little Violet! As we don't have such holiday here, I wanna say: remember, between turkey and turkey to love always & always your mum & dad :)

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterana_jo

Violet - i hope you had a great first thanksgiving. i did :) but if you think thanksgiving was great, my sister Zoe says we havent seen anything yet. ask your pop about santa claus! wait, my mom is saying that you've probably been telling her about him since you were still 'inside'. she says you're sort of fanatical about this time of year and that its a sure thing that there's already a little red hat with Violet emblazoned in silver glitter out there in Utah!!!
seriously, much love to all three of you....and happy first thanksgiving beautiful girl!
xxoo -- Keira, Zoe, Shannon & Rob

November 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Happy Thanksgiving Violet! :)

Sorry Im so late; was stuck in the VA mountains for a few days. Remember 2 things as you grow into womanhood, and youll be okay: 1) why are there no Thanksgiving songs? 2) why was no sequel to "Boomerang" ever made"? subset question: can we fold that reunion in with "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins"? subset to that subset - would that be the single funniest movie ever?

Anyways, everything after that is (pun intended)(set up, actually)(have you guessed it yet?) gravy (get it?)

Uncle Greg

November 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterXmastime

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