The holiday season officially begins this week.
So does the playoff push.
Thanksgiving is a time for turkey, tradition and a gluttonous amount of NFL football games that mean a lot. I can't wait.
The NFL week starts with three good games Thursday, including two really good ones, and then will be highlighted Sunday by the Green Bay Packers playing host to the New England Patriots in a battle of the league's best teams.
The Turkey Day slate includes the Philadelphia Eagles at the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East lead and the Seattle Seahawks playing at San Francisco against the 49ers in what is a huge game in terms of playoff implications. Oh, and let's not forget the Richard Sherman-Michael Crabtree sideshow.
When we were teenagers living at home, one of the things we used to do was try and get my mother to schedule Thanksgiving dinner between the early game and the kickoff of the late game. My mother would work hours cooking the meal, including those damn Brussels sprouts that nobody ate, and we would tear through it in a half hour.
She never complained. She loved football too.
And that's what this holiday week is about: Family, friends, traditions and loads of good football.
Enjoy the holiday and everything about it. The playoff push has officially begun.