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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

About 20 years ago we made a major decision about Thanksgiving. I cleaned and cooked and baked and polished for a week before the "big day". It was common for us to have 20+ people as guests.

By the time the "DAY" came, I was low on thanks givings and wanted the guests to leave before they arrived.

No one noticed any of the work I did, and I didn't point it out to them. I was too tired of it all to make many comments at all, and certainly not to talk about all the work that went in to the "DAY".

That dinner I worked so hard on was completely trashed within 30 minutes from the time they sat down until the time they moved into the living room.

Being the gracious host, I did all the clean up, too, including making up "doggy bags" for them to take home so they wouldn't have to work in their own kitchens the next few days.

By the time they all left, I was heading for the clean up work in the dining room and kitchen. It was indeed an unholy mess! Clean off the table's used dishes, goblets, glasses, silver.....you know what I am talking about. And that beautiful white table cloth I worked so hard ironing now held cranberries, gravy, crumbs, pie crusts, wine...............Get the picture??

Then our daughter moved to the East Coast. No family around.

I brazenly brought up the subject of not doing Thanksgiving dinners any more. Much to my surprise, it didn't take much to convince DH that was a good idea.

So we came up with this stunning and successful plan:

Go to a fast food (Dairy Queen in our case), have a fast food meal, and then go to the movies. At the movies we got popcorn and soda. Didn't eat all of it, so we brought it home and had ready-made snacks.

Having no "DAY" leftovers, we did not eat mashed potatoes swimming in gravy, nor stuffing made with lots of butter, no candied yams, no green beans smothered in mushroom sauce, no garlic blue cheese salad dressing, no wine, no bread and rolls, no pies, no hor d'overs, no cheese balls and crackers, no egg nog, no whipped cream. Not even any dried out turkey left out too long after the dinner was finished.

Nope. We just had buttered popcorn, Dr. Pepper at the movie theatre and had some left over to take home, and a hamburger and french fries at Dairy Queen. Oh yeah. I forgot. We split a vanilla shake at Dairy Queen, too.

Not quite as healthy food wise, but energy wise, cost wise, work wise.......but surely a day for THANKSGIVING!!

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  • no profile photo HOMEBODY4EVER
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
    726 days ago
  • JAJABEE1717
    Sometimes we have to reinvent ourselves to get the life we want. Glad to see you've done this. I can relate to your experiences as years ago a few guests might show up to Thanksgiving dinner an hour or two (!) late without even a phone call. Relocated 10 years ago and have new faces at the table and, for that, I am grateful. And I've cut back such as only making one dressing instead of 3. My waistline is grateful for that, too. Everyone -- be kind to your turkey (or tofurkey) and yourselves. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
    727 days ago
    Happy Thanksgiving !
    727 days ago
    YEAH SANDY !!! Hey instead of DQ,,, want to meet us at the Happy Gardens? it's the BEST Chinese food in the whole southern end of Maine !! Our local DQ only has the ice cream stuff and NOT all that they offer. We have to go another town for that.

    CONGRATS on coming to your SENSES !! Up til 2 yrs ago, I was also doing the sham bang and YES IT WAS MORE THAN EXHAUSTING !! This is sooo MUCH BETTAH !! I do not do turkey day,,,,, I just did a dinner in Nov (turkey's are on sale) for myself, close friends who are more of a family. Still hey it's a TON OF WORK for a few hrs. ONLY I FORCED the ones coming to mine near the end to BRING dishes ALSO.
    to help clean !! I SWORE OFF the cleaning towards the end,, but we cared about each other so it wasn't hard to get them to clean. There was this one gal,,,,, she went to the same cong we did,, and lived in the same building I did,, which is where we held the dinner (community room) and felt WE SHOULD invite her,,,, that was the LAST TIME !
    727 days ago
    After my parents died there was just my husband and myself. For a couple of years I tried to make Thanksgiving for two, but found it quite depressing rather than festive. One of the restaurants in town had a special Thanksgiving menu with your choice of turkey, roast beef, or salmon. That's how we spent Thanksgiving until we move to Washington. It was fun to dress up and see the families in their finest nip-and-tucker. Since DH isn't particularly fond of turkey, he had roast beef with all the trimmings and I had turkey with all the trimmings. Since it was portion controlled and the portions were reasonable, not over the top like most restaurant meals, it satisfied our desire to be festive without over doing the holiday.

    Now that we're in Washington we have a 3 hour drive to my sister's place (she usually has about a dozen close friends). Thanksgiving is again a family time, including her extended family.

    A very happy and blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family.
    727 days ago
    Now that's my kind of day!

    Have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy the movie.

    727 days ago
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