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.)