What is it about this holiday, this holiday that we’re supposed to be giving THANKS for all the wonderful things in our lives, that makes me just despise it altogether? (No, Zoe, its not because that Columbus really was a dirty b@stard… but, I still haven’t pieced together why this holiday really is a sham). Every year its always the same… trying to work out schedules and places and people and food and trying to make everyone happy and ultimately trying to force ourselves to enjoy this day of “thanks”.
Normally, we split this holiday up between Ryan’s family and my mom’s side of the family. Yes, that means we eat two of the same meals and normally they’re only a few hours apart (the earliest being ready by 1pm, the next being served at 4/5ish). Its rush rush rush. Hi, stuff your face, goodbye see ya later!
I hate cramming it all in. Every time we just get comfortable and having fun with one side of the family, its time to pack it up and head over to another meal.
This year Ryan and I had a good long talk about it all and decided to change things up. See, *ideally* we would have sold our house by now. *Ideally* we’d be in a larger home and *ideally* we’d be the ones serving dinner and inviting both sides of our family over, as well as some close friends who may want to join, and having a big, ‘ol “Thanks-for-all-the-great-things-in-our-life” meal. But, of course we’re still stuck in our tiny little house so that means yet another year of swap, chow, swap.
So, our big discussion. We decided that the only way to make this a happy holiday for US would be to only have one place to go. We decided to do every other year with each of our families, that is, until we have a larger home and then we’re going to start our own tradition of us being the ones serving Thanksgiving dinner. I know our decision hasn’t made everyone happy, but its a small price to pay to make it bearable for us.
Now, I guess what my post is about…. I just wonder if there are any other neat ideas that your families do for Thanksgiving that make the holidays easier and less-rushing on your family. Do you visit each side of the family on the same day? Do you split it up into two days? Heather had suggested doing the meal (a late lunch) with one side of the family and then joining the other side later in the evening for dessert. ((I do like that idea, however, this year we’ll have dinner with my mom. And the entire day after T-day we spend with Ryan’s family regardless of who we spend T-day with, it seems silly to drive across town for a late evening desert and then drive back out the next morning.))
So, back to the question… what “schedules” have you made up? Have you come up with a kick-ass plan that makes EVERYONE happy? Share it, will ya!