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Is It Really Worth It ?

Get up at 5:00 A.M. to get the turkey in, make the dressing, the potatoes, the pies, make a nice tray of cheese, pickles, olives and all, break my favorite bowl, get a glass splinter in my toe., Watch the "Macy's Day Parade ". Not just Thanksgiving but Christmas also.. I've had it. It takes 20 freekin' minutes for the whole family to eat it. Uncle Mick is complaining about how dry the dressing is, and little JoJo want to play the WII game NOW. And Melissa hates the scalloped oysters so much she gags and wets her pants... Never again... Let my whole freekin' family go to Burger King next year...

....Ok. I feel better.

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  1. ****hugs****

    Sorry it was such a PITA!!!

    We were fortunate to be invited to the home of some old family friends and just take a couple of bottles of wine. Other than that it was just going to be the two of us. I guess we're fortunate not to have much immediate family nearby, just my folks in the next town.

    1. Darn. Bad day. Sorry.

      All across America, there are those (not just women) who slave to prepare a beautiful meal that often goes unappreciated or under-appreciated.

      But this isn't about Thanksgiving. Or even about eating. It's about not carrying such a big burden all by yourself and instead getting the several different kinds of support you need. Good luck to you.

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      1. *more hugs!*
        i'm sorry, hotmelly!! i personally love the holiday, but it helps that my friends and family appreciate my cooking (and i love having a captive audience ;).
        i really think you should ask uncle mick to bring the dressing next year and ask little jojo and melissa to help with the prep (mashed potatoes?) and have the meal later and get up at a non-ung-dly hour.
        or else just have it catered / be a potluck!!
        *peck*
        i hope you were able to recover today and do something for yourself.

        p.s. if you have any of those scalloped oysters left, please send them to me!!

        1. Sorry it doesn't seem like it worked out this year. Is it worth it? The memories, the good and the funnier catastrophes, don't really emerge until decades later. Melissa may remember the first year she is granted a place at the adult table. Hopefully everyone will be around to share them. Give the kids, and the uncle, some responsibilities for the Christmas feast, and they will be more invested. Change the schedule so you aren't getting up at the unGodly hour and are short of sleep and patience.

          One more possibility -- If you are in an urban area, most of the big shelters and churches that serve Thanksgiving meals to the needy also do Christmas. Take the young ones and have them volunteer -- they can set tables, scoop food, and help clean up. Will give a big dose of much-needed perspective and gratitude.

          1. My mother swears every year that she is not cooking dinner and that the family can go to Medieval Times and eat turkey legs while watching jousting.

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            1. re: lulubelle

              That's funny - Medieval Times came up at our Thansgiving meal too - in our case when my 7 year old niece announced she wanted to eat her whole meal with her fingers and I said, "Perhaps you would rather eat your Thanksgiving Dinner at Medieval Times?"

              1. re: flourgirl

                what is this medieval times of which you speak? it sounds fun! i might have to plan on having my next t-giving there. my favorite part of the turkey 'carving' process is where you get to tear all the leftover meat off the carcass with your fingers!

                1. re: cimui

                  Medieval Times is a dinner theater of auditorium-sized proportions. When I took my students there, they were doing a "damsel-in-distress" theme with jousting and a sorcerer. Each knight has his own section of the stadium to cheer him on. The display on medieval life is ok, but the portion on medieval torture methods is great! Yeah, I'm twisted but its humanity is too. The menu is set, and served to thousands at a shot, but you eat with your hands. The "novelty" gives the teen and tween set something to chatter about. But you can ask for silverware, if you are like the chaperones on our trip.
                  I think out menu was a veg soup (you sip from the bowl - no spoon) and a leg of some poultry. I don't remember much else - too busy trying to avert a real food fight in between the shows parts or students trying to wander away - but there is a website www.medievaltimes.com.

                  1. re: TampaAurora

                    "There were no utensils in medieval times, HENCE there are no utensils AT Medieval Times...would you like a refill on that Pepsi?"

                      1. re: nickblesch

                        Exactly! It was an entertaining afternoonm anyway.

                      2. re: TampaAurora

                        hah, that sounds great -- thanks for the lowdown. i notice they do corporate events, too. this will definitely need forwarding to my office's Party Planning Committee.

                        and their website says they have dancing horses! wow!

                        a choice morsel:

                        "11TH Century Spain. The ultimate business trip. Trade the power tie for a crown and enjoy the company of your coworkers amid the revelry of a medieval feast and tournament. If you think the corporate world is competitive, wait until you see our Knights in action."

                        1. re: cimui

                          The response which stops my mother from making reservations every year is "Manure Dust" . The thought of eating food in a swirling atmosphere of that puts me right off.

                          1. re: lulubelle

                            Manure Dust -- "for your special medieval tasting pleasure"

                            1. re: lulubelle

                              ah, a little manure never hurt anyone. in elementary school, my friend kim and i would eat sandwiches while riding around on her horse, casper, pretending to be cowgirls on a long trek. (no time to dismount for rations if you gotta make the border by sundown.) i bet i ate pounds of the stuff. =)