In just a few days, it'll be time for turkey and stuffing and all the good things about a holiday dedicated to eating! I'm looking forward to it. This year, I'm not cooking (much as I enjoy cooking). We're going to the in-laws. For years now, I've made a particular stuffing that everyone always asks for. My MIL did not ask me to make it, and my hubby is kind of beside himself at the prospect of not having it I think. (There's always Christmas, honey.)
I'm pretty sure, now that I think about it, that this is only the second Thanksgiving we will have ever spent with the in-laws. So many years of military moves and living in vastly different places meant we never got together before. We had a couple of unofficial Thanksgivings, where we celebrated a week or two early because we happened to be together. Last year, they came here. This year, we're going to their place, though it's about a 9 hour drive. Since I've never actually spent the holiday with them in their home, I don't really know what their traditions are.
We always had the Macy's parade on, but I'm pretty sure they don't do this because Hubby frowns every year when I want to listen to it while I cook. Maybe they watch football — which will, I must admit, not thrill me. But I'll have books and my laptop, so I'll find something to do if the MIL doesn't need help in the kitchen.
What are your traditions? Do you like being the one who cooks? (I do — see the Food Snob post about Velveeta and you'll know I like being in control of the ingredients.) Or do you prefer to let someone else do the cooking? Ever gone to a restaurant instead? (We did once; it was okay, but I like the smells in my house and the leftovers.)
I’m sort of a hard @ss about the holidays. I’ve earned a very unpleasant nickname because of it that I won’t share. Anyway, there’s just certain things, especially food, that complete the experience. If I don’t have those certain foods in a certain way, it seems off. Eating out is near blasphemy.
This year, however, I’m feeling a little off center. Not really excited. Don’t know why.
I’m not excited about the holidays either for personal reasons. However, I am excited about getting to visit my son and his family in Nebraska. It’ll be a 13 hour drive but worth it to see my son and our grandsons who must have grown oodles since June. #2 grandson is walking now. (sigh)
I still have to check with the DIL and see what she’d like me to do. We have certain things we like to eat but I don’t want to cause her any undo stress. 😉
word verif: porks (which is what I will look like after Thanksgiving 🙂
I’m not sure I have any traditions anymore. Most of the traditional holiday food I like, hubby doesn’t care for. We cook at home or eat out (it’s not that bad — it’s one way I can get the traditional stuff I like, and hubby can get what he likes). We have gotten together with family. I have gotten together with friends. Oddly, I like being alone on Thanksgiving, but that’s problematic — how do you tell someone you’d rather be alone that at their gathering? The easy answer is to politely decline and say you already have plans and hope they don’t ask for specifics.
Hubby makes a good meal, too, even if he doesn’t make some of the traditional favorites I like.
Maybe, SP, it’s because nothing compares to your recent experience re Twilight? Hugs!!! Hope you have a good holiday whatever you decide to do. 🙂
Kathy, hugs to you too! But I hope you have a nice visit with your family in Nebraska.
Hi, Jean! Good to see you around again! How’s retirement treating you? Believe me, I understand about being alone on Thanksgiving. It can be stressful otherwise…. :/