Thanksgiving is fantastic.

Well, Thanksgiving kicked off with huge news.

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I’m sitting there watching a giant Kool-Aid Man roll by, and what does Matt Lauer announce?

THE PENDING RETURN OF SHARKLEBERRY FIN.

Oh my GOD. YESSSS!

I’ll have more to say about this fantastic news later. This post is just meant to be my generalized “hey Happy Thanksgiving” message.

So hey.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I’m thankful for all of you. I cannot mean that more sincerely. At some point over the past six months, this site turned the corner for me. A while back, it’d evolved into something I did mainly because it was something I always did. Well, NOT NO MORE.

I’d been chasing a “remembered feeling” with this for so many years. It’s not something I often mention or could even properly describe, but I’ve managed to find that feeling again. I truly love the time I spend doing this, and I can’t thank you enough for making it worthwhile.

I’ll save the heavier sap for my Christmas post, but yeah, y’all are awesome. I’ve come to feel that my success isn’t in the volume of my audience, but the quality of the people within it.

To celebrate, I recreated Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving. Many of you will remember the first time I did this, over ten years ago. It really deserved to be a yearly tradition, and brother, you gotta start somewhere.

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right2If you’ll recall, Charlie Brown served popcorn, pretzels, jelly beans and toast for Thanksgiving dinner. It was positioned as a foul-up, and Peppermint Patty pretty much went berserk when she saw it, but all of us knew better. That was an amazing feast.

It was possibly the best-ever food-caught-on-film. Right up there with Aunt Bethany’s cat food Jell-O molds. All you need to do is empty a few bags of junk food onto a serving dish, and you can call yourself a cook!

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Ice cream sundaes were also served. If you decide that this adventure needs to become your adventure, I warn you not to forget the cherries. The cherries are beyond mandatory.

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As Larry the Legless Corpse munches away, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marches on. Given the insane Kool-Aid news, thank God this wasn’t the year that I decided to sleep in.

(Actually, that was never a concern. Aside from recreating Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving, I also needed to prepare stuffed mushrooms for like, 650 people. Or maybe it’s closer to 40. Either way, the whole house is full of mushrooms, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a frog with a banjo suddenly appeared on the couch.)

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Nearby, Harley shuffles through the circulars and develops his Black Friday strategy. Personally, I’m more of a Cyber Monday guy. I like how all of the retailers incorporate 1996-quality lightning graphics into their website logos.

I love today, I’ll love tomorrow, and I’ll love the whole next month. When it’s all over, I’ll fall into a deep sulk and spend the evening hours looking up ways to live spitefully off the grid. But I don’t need to worry about that now.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. If you live in a country that isn’t currently celebrating Thanks or Giving, I hope you have a wonderful Thursday.

Feel free to use the comments section for your catchall Thanksgiving confessions. What are you doing today? Who are you celebrating with? What are you thankful for? What are you eating? Is Sharkleberry Fin in stores yet, or is this gonna be a case where have to hit Stop & Shop every single day for eight months?

OH GOD, WHAT A GREAT FREAKIN’ DAY.

Want to help me out? If you plan to do some holiday shopping on Amazon this week, please use my affiliate link. If you think I should earn my keep with a great gift idea, fine. Here’s an inflatable lobster. You’re welcome.

  • Cody

    I didn’t watch one second of that parade as I was far too busy watching the return of MST3K Turkey Day! It was glorious!

  • http://www.spookshows.com Richard

    I’m newer to your site, having only been here a little longer than Larry. So I feel a kinship with him except for the fact that I have legs and look slightly less corpsey.

    Dino Drac is among the very few sites I check every day and I’m thrilled when I find updates, especially videos. Thank you for so much fun, and a very Happy Thanksgiving to you, Mrs X, and especially to Larry.

  • Douglas

    Matt,
    I’ve been a faithful reader of your site(s) since 2007.It’s funny you mentioned recreating the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving dinner.As the annual showing of said special was on last night I spoke to my wife how you did the recreation of that dinner on X-E many years ago.And here it is again!By the way,have you ever checked out the Five Below stores? You really should as I was in one last week and they had a whole section full of fun shop/joke type items (fake poo,snapping gum pack,etc.)The first time the wife and I went into one of these stores,I thought to myself,Matt would love this place!

  • Joel Stephens

    I’m also a new reader to your site I check up every day and I am curently working my way through x entertainment. It so awesome that you feel that way about us and your work. Without you life would be a whole lot less awesome.

  • drew do

    Joel: You’re in for a great time. I started reading very early on but in the last year I read back through EVERYTHING from XE. It was a trip! There is some great stuff buried in there. Enjoy!

    Matt: I’ll add to the gushing, I do every year. Favorite site, rekindling of holiday joy, induced binge shopping… It’s all there for me too.

  • http://www.90smovies.net Zach

    Matt, that picture of you is absolutely amazing. You had the Devilocks down to a fucking science.

    When I was 16, I was the guy in plaid pajama pants and a Misfits t-shirt with my hair in devil horns.

    Just think, you’ll never, ever be that cool again.

    This just made my day.

  • Spruce

    Matt, I’ve been reading your work since 2005. I semi-grew up with it (at least my teenage/young adult years). I can’t begin to describe what it’s all meant to me, other than it’s a legitimately huge part of my festive traditions and you are the only writer I have consistently read across the entire internet for more than a couple of years. To a large extent, your writing is a major part of what the entire internet experience means to me.

    So even if you are never a major viral internet celebrity, please know that you do have fans and they speak reverently of what you do.

    In other words, you’re fin-tastic! And we’re thankful for you.

  • Alex

    Been reading your stuff since the beginning back when I still lived in Queens. We grow old together.

  • K

    Sharkleberry Finn! Now I’m filled with nostalgia for XE circa 2005 when it was filled with nostalgia for 1980′s and 1990′s. Nostalgic for nostalgia- is that weird?

    I don’t care about a lot, but you make me care, and that is the magic that is Dinosaur Dracula and Mummy Shark. You’re swell, Matt! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • http://twitter.com/shiroihikari Annette

    Matt, that picture of 16-year-old you is the greatest thing. You were and are fucking adorable. <3

  • http://n/a Cammioh

    I am guessing that those inflatable lobsters are going to become THE gift of the 2013 Holidays. Ordering 50 of them now.

  • Whalley Range

    Happy Thanksgiving All! I’m just getting home now, after Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday and my folks’ and my in-laws’ houses. My contribution to the feast was a case of Cranbrrrita and a banana pudding concoction, the recipe for which I found on the side of a box of Jell-O banana pudding. I was the only one who enjoyed the Cranbrrrita, but I did get a few takers on the banana pudding (which also had ‘Nilla wafers, Cool Whip, and coconut in it).

    The evening wound down with a family viewing of Elf and I was psyched because my father, who only likes the classics like It’s a Wonderful Life, really liked it.

    My wife and I braved a few shops in quaint Portsmouth, NH today and we won an incredible gift box of letterpress stationery and other paper goods by pulling the lone candy cane Hershey’s kiss from a bag full of kisses. I can’t remember the last time we won something. AND: as we were parallel parking, the car that vacated the spot stopped in the road and the passenger ran back to give us his little parking slip — which had two hours of remaining time left on it. Good karma was with us today!

    I’ll echo what everyone else here has said so well already: I’m really thankful for this site. So much of the web is snarky and ironic and cynical. But X-E and DD have always been about being genuine and honest and maybe a little innocent and fun. Don’t ever change, Matt.

    I wish there was a way for all of us to hang out in person someday.

  • http://cosmicsparky.blogspot.com/ CosmicSparky

    yeeesh am I ever late to this. Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for this site, the announcements of a new Friday the 13th flick, Monsters the complete series comming to dvd, and the knowledge that I can look forward to making a sharkleberry pie.

  • Shawn

    @Matt so have you and Ms. X ever hosted Thanksgiving for both families at the same time? We do every year. It usually takes until Xmas for us to recover and then we have to do it all over again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/therealteddyray Teddy Ray

    I’m way late to this party, but I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. My parents and I went to my aunt and uncle’s house. It was nice and without incident…except for when my 30 year old cousin made his 14 year old niece’s 16 year old boyfriend cry by threatening to “whoop him.” I wish I was making that up. Anyway, we had a nice time with the family, I ate myself stupid, we played cards afterwards…good times, good times.

    Really excited to hear Sharkleberry Fin is coming back. It’s a Thanksgiving miracle!

    Matt, I don’t even know when I started reading X-E. I can’t remember my first article, but I know I’ve been reading your stuff since before I got married, which was July 2001, so I’ve been with you for a while. I’m not as frequent as I once was, but I still love your site more than any non-porn related on the web and, like a lot of other people have mentioned, I’ve “met” a lot of awesome people here and I’m thankful for you all.

  • http://geek-forge.blogspot.com/ BoomingEchoes

    Thank you for everything you do Matt. This site (and X-E before it -especially the Advent Calendar of 2007, I think, that time is kind of blurry for me) has gotten me through a lot of rough times in my life over the decade plus I’ve been looking in.

    People think I’m nuts when I talk about a site called Dinosaur Dracula, but, really, this is like saying people are nuts for talking about something called Lyrica or Viagra or whatever else is being pushed into our systems these days. What you do is free (well for us, thank you again for the monetary hit you take writing for us), and if there’s a harmful side effect, well.. Screw that, the fun more then outweighs it.

    Being from around the same area you are (well, pretty close) but not up there any more, it helps stave off the bad feelings when you talk about things like the strip malls (which just aren’t the same elsewhere -I’ve lived in a few places since having to move); or even just recently talking about Italian family get-togethers, which I miss now that my family is scattered.

    Any way Matt, I’ll probably get all gooey again for Christmas, but thank you for being the best friend that neither of us knew we had. I’m happy your still around to make us smile and I’m happy we can provide you some as well. Long live Dinodrac!

  • Nigel Chaos

    I know I’m late to the party but I’m thankful for my FIRST trip to NYC. Getting to see the parade pass below my hotel balcony was pretty awesome. But equally as awesome was running inside to warm up and seeing the same floats and balloons on about a 10 minute delay.

    I’m not sure how I stumbled upon XE (I think it had something to do with either MUSCLES or “Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue”) but I’ve been hooked ever since. Thanks for brightening my day one post at a time, Matt!

  • http://www.sexyarmpit.com The Sexy Armpit

    If only Peppermint Patty was as refreshing as her namesake. Although this is late, I still wanted to extend my thanks for the phenomenon that is Dinosaur Dracula!

  • https://twitter.com/Count_Marzo Count_Marzo

    Glad to see I wasn’t the only one who marked out super hard over the Kool-Aid Man during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

  • http://traveling-pics.livejournal.com/ Traveling Pics

    I remember that Snoopy movie, he he. AS a kid, I didn’t see any difference between a dinner made of candy and junk food, and a regular dinner. Now, as a old, cranky and ugly woman, I prefer the latter :O

  • http://www.youtube.com/elkfilmz Christian

    I liked the new ninja turtles in the parade! And i did see Sonic right! Or am i imaging that?