Good heavens, where has the year gone? If you recently realized that we are barrelling full speed toward 2019, an autumnal detail or two may have slipped. We're here to help.
Remember Dickens' "Ghost of Christmas Past"? Let us introduce you to these Friendly Spectres of Thanksgiving Yesteryear. Among them, you'll find practical recipe tips from Dallas chefs, heart-warming (and humorous) viral moments and other seasonal cheer.
Here's a bit of stovetop helper for a variety of needs:
• Don't want to cook: 50+ restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth to order Thanksgiving takeout
• Have to cook, at least a little: 9 fool-proof Thanksgiving recipes anyone can make
• Want to make something fancy: 8 can't-live-without Thanksgiving recipes from Dallas chefs
• Bored with leftovers: Repurpose them with creative sandwich recipes from local chefs
Dishing on desserts
Back in 2014, we learned that Texans' most Googled Thanksgiving dessert recipe isn't pumpkin pie or candied sweet potatoes. Nope, it was sopapilla cheesecake. Mmmm, cinnamon.
The following year, we loved this viral review of Patti LaBelle's sweet potato pies by an enthusiastic man named James Wright. His YouTube video (which contains a bit of NSFW language) sent the confections flying off the shelves and the company scrambling for 2 million pounds of sweet potatoes to make more in time for the holiday. It's easier to find them in 2018. Wal-Mart knows to stock up.
And, remember this adorable Thanksgiving cruffin (topped with a cranberry sauce syringe and cornbread flavored macaron) that Chef Andrea Meyer created in 2016? While you can't still get one, you can get other delicious desserts from Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie -- if you order before Nov. 18.
Preemptive calorie control
An early morning rush of endorphins will help you feel great -- before you start to feel very, very sleepy -- when piling up that second helping on Thanksgiving day. Here are 8 local turkey trot races and other fun Thanksgiving events.
Get in the spirit
If you'd rather rest than run, here are 5 classic Thanksgiving TV moments, from that hilarious food fight on Cheers (1986) to the deeper-than-you-might-remember social commentary of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973).
Feel really thankful by watching Fort Worth's beloved "Mr. Leon" Bridges sing a ditty with Elmo about gratefulness on Sesame Street (2017).
Or, DON'T get in the spirit
Passive-aggressive fights with siblings. Overbearing parents dictating how much celery belongs in the dressing. Food poisoning. Political diatribes. Feel grateful for your right to dislike Thanksgiving, if you want, and use this as an excuse: A dubious 2014 study said Texans are medium-grade miserable on Thanksgiving.
Tailgate like a die-hard Cowboys fan
The Dallas Cowboys can be as divisive as discussing religion, politics or "who the new baby favors" at a family gathering. But, some diehard fans in North Texans spend every Thanksgiving bowing their heads before the looming backdrop of AT&T Stadium. Here's their story.
This year, the Cowboys take on the Washington Redskins at 3:30 p.m. Troy Aikman says it could be a turn-around for the loved-and-loathed team.
Beer for my turkeys
Wine is one thing with dinner, but if you're wondering which craft beers taste best with Thanksgiving fare, our writers say you should try this vanilla porter to enhance your favorite sweet potato casserole (and, don't skimp on the marshmallows) and this fruity, tart saison with traditional savory dishes -- it complements them similarly to the way cranberry sauce does.
Santa Claus is coming to town...
You thought Thanksgiving got here quickly? Let's talk about:
Two bars in Dallas and Fort Worth are transforming into winter wonderlands. Beginning Nov. 23, they'll change their names to Miracle at Hide and Miracle in Cowtown and be decked out with Santa hats, tinsel, wreaths and ... you get the idea.
Their menus change as well to include punny cocktails such as the Koala la la, la la la la -- a gin-based drink with eucalyptus and a quirky stuffed koala clinging to the glass stem.
And, now's the time to start putting in orders for Christmas tamales. Read this deep-dive into the North Texan cultures and traditions wrapped up in the delicious food.
Oh, and get that tacky Christmas sweater, for goodness sake. Dallas' pop-up shop is now open, with Frisco's following on Nov. 15.
It's the most wonderful time of the year...
Browse our full holiday coverage for more.