Just like K-Mart with its Christmas decorations, the holiday-based threads start earlier and earlier. With (American) Thanksgiving 3 weeks from today, the holidays are almost upon us. Whether you celebrate them with your families or cant wait until they are over, they are an interesting time nonetheless. I love this time of year. The decorations, the food, the wood stove burning, even the snow. My most anticipated event of the year is not Thanksgiving or Christmas or New Years Eve, but a little tradition I've been doing with my dad and brother and a few family friends for the last few years (that Ive briefly written about before). The Saturday before Thanksgiving, we drive from Connecticut to upstate Vermont to a wild game dinner. We eat all kinds of wild game meat donated to the church in which its hosted, cooked on-site and is served in a gloriously rainbow of colors. For me this is the official kick off of the holiday season. Its something that my father, brother, and I have shared since I was very young and I start asking my dad about it in September. For reference, heres what my plate looked like last year: Focus: What are the holiday traditions that you look forward to every year? Alt Focus: What are some great (booze-infused) holiday drinks that you recommend?