We are neither the Walton’s nor a family Norman Rockwell would have painted. We came close once but the pressure of perfection was just too much. So our halo moment lasted just that… a moment.
Big family gatherings are, well, big when you have a big family. For us, if everyone shows up, there are only a few homes which can hold us. Fortunately, mine is not one of them.
As the years have progressed there have been changes in the family which has triggered changes to past traditions. One major change, for me at least, is the time we eat. For the last few years we have been having what I lovingly call Thanksgiving LUNCH. That’s right, we are expected to be ready for a huge turkey with all the trimmings meal by noon on Thanksgiving day. (Really, I’m still drinking my morning coffee at that time.) A couple hours later we come home to an overly quiet house with not a leftover to be found…. NOTHING. This didn’t sit well with me or Hub, who loves leftovers.
Then I found out my son and family actually stopped at a drive-in for a bite to eat on the way home one year. On Thanksgiving! Oh no… that’s just not right. That’s when I knew something had to be done for my family. And I was just the person to do it.
I now cook a turkey on Wednesday and make sure I have all the supplies we’ll need. Then when all is done at the big gathering, my family (if they choose to) come back to our house for our Thanksgiving “Leftover” Dinner. We set the food out and everyone is in charge of making their own turkey sandwiches.
Some of us spend the rest of the evening playing cards or Apples to Apples while others may opt to sit with feet up and watch a football game while pretending not to be sleeping. It’s all laid back and relaxed for everyone, even the cook. No outlandish expectations, no pressure.
After, leftovers from the leftover dinner get sent home for more enjoyment later. The perfect picture of a Thanksgiving dinner? Not even close. But who needs the pressure of a perfect turkey dinner when you have a fun family to enjoy?
Wishing all a Blessed Thanksgiving!