But, it can also be a time of stress and conflict and that all can start early in the month.
Because this is when the phone calls and emails begin regarding...
Where. We. Will. Go.
Now, if you have ironclad, traditional "over the woods and through the snow" type plans every year, you can stop reading. ( unless you like knowing about other people's misery)
For us, it changes yearly. It usually works out fine and we always have great thanksgivings, it's the time leading up to Thanksgiving that isn't so great.
If my kids had their way we would always host. Then they could make an appearance and then slink off to their computers, TV, bed. If we go to another home they have to actually interact and socialize the ENTIRE time.
If my husband had his way we would host and have both our families and their inlaws, he's nice like that.
I like doing it with my family and my extended family. My sisters and my mother all pitch in until the end. it is a no hassle relaxing Thanksgiving, even if I'm the host.
But, I know it isn't all about ME.
And then there is the food issues. My family does a traditional, european style, sit down dinner. My husband's family throws in some ethnic dishes and it is always buffet.
So, that is why we have endless discussions about what we all would like to do for Thanksgiving.
what do you do?
Are you my husband and try to make everyone happy?
Are you my kids and try to barely have a thanksgiving?
Are you me, kinda selfish and want it my own way?