Hey Ginny..that's a great way to celebrate and I wish it were possible for me but most of my family flies in from other parts of the country and can't bring food. I LOVE to see them as the distance between us all only allows for Holiday visits. I just wish I could enjoy it without even thinking about the preparation, house cleaning, etc that goes with it. Thankfully, my husband is very helpful and supportive. My favorite is sweet potatoes too!
I'm not looking forward to Thanksgiving. I'm really missing my parents this year. They both have been gone for awhile (Dad 15 yrs and Mom 6yrs) so I'm not sure why it is hitting me so hard this year but it is. I think the holiday dinner has just become a chore that no-one seems to want to do. We have spent Thanksgiving at my FIL's house with everyone bringing a dish. We eat, wash the dishes, and then go home. Not a lot to enjoy! Christmas is better because my kids are still young and bring a lot of excitement to the day. I will always enjoy watching their faces light up Christmas morning. It's going to take extra work to find the holiday spirit this year but I know it's in me somewhere.
We are going Italian this wk, I already bought the Lasagna, and we have a marvelous Italian specialty store nearby where I will p/u some veggies and meat dishes. I'm not up to cooking like I normally do, and everyone is on board for this. I bought cheesecake and I have cherries and whipped cream, plus a couple of pies. With my children, I only need to have cheesecake for the meal and they would be happy. My DD is off tomorrow and will help w/ a lot of the cleaning, my younger son w/ be home on Tues to help w/ last minute cleaning and setting up the table and counter ( I do buffet style).
I will have my DM and my sister and her family here for Christmas Eve, that has been our tradition forever. I am scaling back on decorations. I have a small tree that will be decorated by children. I set up a small Christmas village, to include a folk art tree in the center of 'town'. My sister and I already agreed that we would not exchange gifts for our families, we just want to be together. We are both getting things for our mother and our own children. I'm pretty much done w/ my shopping. I can't deal w/ lines, can't stand too long, even w/ cane. My son wants to help in the kitchen w/ prep for Christmas dinner, I won't deny him that 'fun'. I have already made up my Thanksgiving cards to a small group of family/friends that I don't see to often. I still need to do my Christmas cards, last yr I made myself do 10 a day instead of the whole group in one sitting. ( like I used to do). I basically sign our names, yr on top, only a few get an update.
I am more concerned that this may be last yr we have w/ my mother, it is more important that we all be together and savor the time.
I guess I have it much easier than most! My children are both married and spend Thanksgiving at their in-laws so that I can go and spend time with my mom and sisters at Thanksgiving.
After losing my dad in 2001, I realized that I needed and wanted to spend more time with my mom & sisters. So, I go to visit them for a couple days at Thanksgiving, my kids go to their in-laws, & my dh stays home and watches sports on t.v. and eats leftovers the kids drop off for him. (just the way he likes it, as he says)
Christmas is my time to spend with my family here. I don't go all out anymore with a big meal on Christmas eve. I used to be stressed and so tired out. Now the kids go to in-laws Christmas Eve and I have everyone here Christmas morning for breakfast and to open presents. It works great this way and I don't end up in bed after the holidays!
It is so hard to plan things with Fibro. This works for me. I had 1 Christmas that I woke up & knew I couldn't even fix breakfast. My dh & children took over and we still had breakfast and a wonderful time together.
Is anyone confused now? I am!
Never regret something that made you smile!