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Netflix and Chills

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and with it the parades of pie and cartoon-shaped balloons. We gave our thanks and thanked our gives, and some of us drank more than we should have while others took a sports-induced nap. You know, tradition.

We live in a rather warm climate, and our Thanksgiving journey found us surrounded by ice and snow, which, while festive, made driving a bit sketchy and our health even more so—the proverbial crud was there waiting for us, and we all warmed ourselves upon the touch of its fever. In hindsight we probably should have just built a fire.

Needless to say, the days following Thanksgiving have been filled with soup, sore throats and all the series of the rainbow—thanks, Dr. Netflix! It reminds me of my own childhood, the sick days spent sprawled across one couch or another, covered in blankets and a stuffed, sleepy haze, sinking into the slipstream beneath the tales of I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, and whatever other reruns ran against the daytime fodder of soap operas and game shows.

Those shows are available still, but so too are new options, and with them the sick day baton has been passed.

What have we been watching? Everything.

As a family we have been watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars, because Star Wars. We are also watching Justice League and Young Justice, even though we’ve seen them all before—we like to curse their demise as often as possible. They’re really good shows.

We’ve also started the holiday special marathon. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and all that, and if hiding under a blanket on a weekday doesn’t get you in the spirit, then surely Santa can.

It isn’t all family fare. Once the kids whine and wobble their way down the hall we shift over to Master of None, quite possibly the funniest show out there these days, and then balance all of the humor with the gritty adventures of Marvel’s Jessica Jones.

I’m not going to suggest that watching Netflix all day can cure the common cold, but it sure can make a sick day a bit more pleasant, and sometimes that’s all you can really ask for. And maybe another bowl of soup. Or some ice cream.


This post was written as part of our relationship with the Netflix #StreamTeam. Netflix has a lot of great shows for the whole family available for streaming or rental, which is nice. All opinions are our own.

Whit Honea is the author of “The Parents’ Phrase Book” and co-founder of the philanthropic organization Dads 4 Change. He is the Social Media Director/Community Manager of the Dad 2.0 Summit. His writing can be found at Fandango, GeekDad, Disney, Today, Good Housekeeping, City Dads Group, Stand Magazine, The Washington Post and several other popular publications. He previously covered travel for Orbitz, CBS and AOL, and served as Editor of Family Travel for UpTake. Deemed “the activist dad” by UpWorthy and one of the “funniest dads on Twitter” by Mashable, Whit has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and is the 2015 winner of the Iris Award for Best Writing.