The pressure is on to make everyone comfortable, to meet all dietary requirements and preferences, get everything done to perfection, make everyone feel like they have come home, and then boot them out the door with an arms loaded with left overs.
There is so much to do, and it is a joy to have the children and grandchildren “home” again. None of them have ever lived here, in fact they all need to drive from a good distance, but having my family here makes my home feel complete, when filled with those I love the best. Our small home will be bursting with family, and we are fortunate to have a Comfort Inn just a few blocks down the road to make sure everyone is comfortable.
I always love having company, because it gives me a reason to really clean the house, and expending the energy to make everything spotless gives me a place to use all my excess energy caused by the stress of waiting eagerly for everyone to arrive. The pantry is full, the refrigerator ready, and I am eagerly waiting for Hubby’s spreadsheet to keep us on track with the cooking. Yes, we make fun of Hubby’s spreadsheet, but it is a stress saver to know exactly what needs to go into the oven or on the stove, and when so everything is ready at the same time for the big dinner. I handed out assignment to each of my children, because I know they would like to help with all the preparations. Cracker food, beverages, and desserts are off my plate. I just need to worry about the main meal, and I gratefully accepted offers of contributions. I am not one of those cooks who insist on having control over ever minute detail of the menu and preparation.
With all our Thanksgiving prep work, we should have an enjoyable and stress free Thanksgiving, and that is something I am thankful for.