And I am happy about it. We always have a lot of fun and the best part is that people, my guests, think that I am so hard-working for doing this. But I am not. I only do the turkey, stuffing and green bean casserole and everyone else does the rest.
That is key. Everyone else does the rest. It’s a shared responsibility, which makes it easier for all of us really. The only down side is that people like their leftovers and often there aren’t many with 20 people over. I decided to cook up some turkey breasts before the actual dinner and give that away to help ease the fear of having no leftover turkey the day after. I was thinking about adding Christmas gift tags to the little care packages but I decided against it. Probably on the tacky side. Yeah.
But something has made me a bit sad about the day, and that is hearing that Walmart will be open on Thanksgiving evening for people to begin their shopping early for Black Friday. What? That leaves no time at all for talking and laughing around the table, relaxing with a drink watching the game or catching up on a few z’s with all that tryptophan in your bloodstream. It’s really rather awful that people would leave their family gathering to shop and at Walmart, no loss. I don’t care if some people think I am off about this, but just when are you supposed to bond over food with family and friends/relatives? Bonding takes time (and lots of food needs to be passed around) and if you are off on a quick escape to Walmart, you lose out. And so does the whole family.
It’s all about the dinner table. No one talks about it anymore, but it used to be the place to all get on the same page. Plans, ideas and minds were shaped around meals, but we are in too much of a hurry to get more stuff.
It’s often the little things that matter and I fear this little thing, spending time with your family, has become a thing of the past. People always ask me how I raised nice kids. I spent time with them – my own inconvenient truth.
The only regret is that now I will have to clean my house, and the dust kittens have had their own litters all over the place.