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When my mother was in her 90s, she didn't like big gatherings with lots of kids. So there was just my mother, my husband and me for holidays. We used to cook a big dinner anyway, then one year we decided to go to Denny's for dinner. It would not be my first choice for a holiday dinner, but it was the only place open on Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, it worked out well because: it was 1)convenient 2)inexpensive.. (click title for more info)
..3)and informal. It involved 4)no shopping 5)no prepartion 6)no cleanup 7)and everyone could order what s/he wanted. The wait staff were very accommodating to my elderly mother who ate very slowly and wanted her milk warmed just right.
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