1. Yes, it’s so true, Rita. Letting go can be hard but once done, it really becomes clear what’s important. Thanks for the comment!

  1. So glad to see that other people are also ready for a change. This year we are doing thing the simple way so that we can spend more time just enjoying each other. Thanks for the tips.
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    1. Pam, you’re welcome. Any way to simplify more and enjoy more sounds like a good plan to me.
      We’re also planning a big charades game for Thanksgiving day. That’s always entertaining and gets people laughing – at themselves – which can be lots of fun!
      Thanks, Pam.

  2. Karen

    My immediate family consists of two adults and two little rescue dogs. The adults work retail, which means all of Black Friday weekend.

    Nearest family is 1-1/2 hours away, one-way. If we go to visit it will be the week after Thanksgiving. It is too much of a rush to go for Thanksgiving Day, and on extremely congested highways.

    1. Karen, this sounds like a good plan – after Thanksgiving to avoid rushing both in life for work and on the road. Turkey tastes good anytime!
      I used to work every Thanksgiving weekend, too, and don’t miss the “Black Friday” hustle and bustle. Good luck!
      Thanks, Karen.

  3. Michelle

    I actually like the cooking, but love when guests ask to bring something – lots of yummy new dishes to enjoy. Now if only guests would ask if they could come over and clean the house beforehand!

    I like making things ahead of time (gravy broth from roasted turkey legs a few days before, mashed potatoes kept hot in the slow cooker, using a cooler for all beverages and condiments to keep the refrigerator clear) and having people help when they get there!

    1. Oh, Michelle, please let me know when your guests offer to come over and clean before because I want to invite them to my home!
      My trick is to not clean ahead of time – just pick up large items only.
      Well, if I don’t wear my reading glasses to look at my house that helps, too. When I wear them around and can actually SEE things, I see how dirty my house is!! No glasses, things look pretty darn good!
      Thanks, Michelle. And good job making things ahead of time.

  4. Kris

    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it is a simpler holiday–it doesn’t involve the hype that other holidays involve. You are absolutely correct–many, if not most, of the dishes can be prepared ahead of time. Add a pretty tablecloth or runner, a few gourds scattered around, and voila! Instant festivity!

    That being said … we are travelling 9 hours away to my in-law’s house so my mother-in-law will bear the brunt of the work! Thanks, mom! :)

    1. Kris, how nice of you to travel for Thanksgiving with your family and I’m sure your MIL will consider it a labor of love.
      It really is the best holiday for that reason – “it doesn’t involve the hype that other holidays involve.” Good line!
      Thanks, Kris. Safe travels.

  5. I am soooo with you on this! It is hard to change when other people expect certain things of you, but you can’t live your life for other people’s pleasure. I am constantly trying to reassess which tasks, jobs, traditions are worthy of keeping. I like hearing how other people do this too! Thanks!
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