The motto of Great Dixter, the late Christopher Lloyd's legendary garden, is "Deny yourself nothing." That little tidbit certainly explains the voluptiousness of their plantings, whether in endless borders or the containers that almost obscure the front door.
I've decided that it's also a good way to look at Thanksgiving. No matter how much we say we're going to make it a more simple celebration, more low-key and more low-fat, I don't believe it ever happens. This is the one day of the year when we can go back to the table for seconds. Or fourths.
And after an election that has left many of us feeling adrift, I plan to take Dixter's motto to heart. I'm going to enjoy every morsel of food, every hug and kiss, every story I've heard a million times before. And I am not going to talk about, read about or even think about politics. Every time I'm tempted to glance at a computer screen, I will look out the window at my beautiful garden and refresh myself instead.