Schieffer on celebrating the post-holiday

Christmas has its music, the Fourth has fireworks, but I like Thanksgiving best because it's the one holiday we celebrate by doing what we shouldn't - having a big second helping.

Thanksgiving is the one holiday that isn't about someone or something else. It is just about being with those we love, so we gather, give thanks, and then dig into a great meal.

There is a formal run-up to some of the other holidays. Easter is preceded by Good Friday. Christmas Eve is the set-up for Christmas.

But Thanksgiving has not just a run-up (which begins with Getaway Day on Wednesday) but also a run-out, as it were, that is observed with the same discipline.

The day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday for shoppers, and Leftover Day for the rest of us.

And then there is today, Sunday. Go Home Day for the in-laws (or outlaws, as some call them). The day when we say, "We love 'em, but it's time for everyone to get back on their own boat."

There is no better way to celebrate Go Home Day than to go to the fridge right now and see if there are enough scraps to put together one more turkey sandwich.

A little turkey, a little mayonnaise, some salt and pepper on white bread - all you need to end a great weekend.

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    Bob Schieffer is CBS News' chief Washington correspondent and anchor of Face the Nation.

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