For when you go Thanksgiving caroling ...

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thanks.jpgHeidi Hartwig, 15, of Genoa (who performs under the stage name of Glory) performs her original songs at "A Sycamore Thanksgiving" at the Sycamore Public Library on Monday. (Curtis Clegg/For the Courier-News)


It's almost time for mistletoe and holly. Almost -- who are we kidding? WLIT has already switched over to full-time Christmas tunes, and my corner CVS has had Day Glo-red stockings and cheap "gift ideas" for weeks already. But normal people like you and me, we'll wait till Friday to start really thinking about Christmas. We certainly won't sing about it till then.

But, in the meantime, what to put on the iPod to get you in that feasting mood?

There are Christmas carols galore, of course, but foolishly no Thanksgiving carols. Turkey Day, however, possesses a handful of tunes. Here are a few of our favorites (alas, some of these are stingy 30-second samples, can't be helped):


"Thanksgiving Day" by Ray Davies
Leave it to a Brit, the lead singer from the Kinks, so ably sum up America's feast with a nice backbeat ...


Click through for the whole playlist ...


"The Thanksgiving Song" by Adam Sandler
Silly? Kinda. Juvenile? Sure. It even comes complete with a few horribly dated sports jokes. But Sandler's sheepish, laughing-at-himself delivery is an aptly joyous celebration of the simple wonders of turkey and cranberries ...


"(I'm Gonna Eat) On Thanksgiving Day" by Laurie Berkner
A simple round for the whole family, celebrating stuffing as a verb, not a noun ...


"Mashed Potato Time" by Dee Dee Sharp
Don't know about you, but the mashers always make me wanna dance ...


"Stuffy Turkey" by Thelonious Monk
This is a nice, fairly long bit of warm jazz that, trust me, is perfect to put on as you're pulling things out of the oven and ready to call the troops in for the chow-down ...


"Thanksgiving" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio
You need a pianist as effervescent as Guaraldi in order to score a holiday feast that features so much popcorn. Here's the tune from Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving special ...


"Thanksgiving" by George Winston
A more subdued piano moment by a player who was greatly influenced by Guaraldi. But this one's not about popcorn or Snoopy dancing. This one's about carvin out four minutes of solitude to think about what you're thankful for ...


"Thanksgiving" by Poi Dog Pondering
Chicago's Poi Dog was based in Austin, Texas, when this was recorded for the band's second album. It's not specifically targeted at the holiday, but it's a nice acoustic hymn for the giving of thanks in general.


"Thanksgiving" by Loudon Wainwright III
Sometimes the prayer is just to get through the meal without squabbling ...


"Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" by Jay & the Techniques
Dessert! Finally!


"Pecan Pie" by Golden Smog
Maybe you don't like pumpkin pie. Maybe you're lucky to have both ...


"A Thanksgiving Prayer" by William S. Burroughs
Not everyone sees joy in this uniquely American holiday. Dark writer Burroughs tackles the rough side of what this holiday can represent (warning: adult language) ...


"Alice's Restaurant Massacree" by Arlo Guthrie
The ultimate Thanksgiving tale of family, feasting and taking out the garbage. This is a more recently recorded update of his own classic song-story ...


What are YOUR faves?

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