Holidays to remember

Ahh, the holidays. Itís that time of year to once again bring the family together over giant amounts of food, alcohol and lots and lots of family arguments.

At least thatís how it goes in my house. This Thanksgiving should be an especially exciting one. Why? Because weíve decided to bring everyone together for one giant celebration this year. I have four sisters, and for the last few years, weíve been split up during the holidays as we travel between our parentsí homes and the homes of our in-laws, but this year weíve decided to hold one giant celebration and bring everyone together.

Last year, my sister and I decided we should divide and conquer, separating the family with half going to her house and half coming to mine. We didnít get the results we had hoped for. The family was split up into two groups, however everyone decided they should make an appearance at both celebrations, so they first went to her house, where they shoveled down the turkey and then left before desert to make it to my Thanksgiving celebration.

This year, weíve decided on a different strategy. Weíre teaming up to host one giant Thanksgiving celebration. All five of us will be in one place, with our significant others, children, parents, and in-laws. We canít quite agree on the exact number of people, but given the detail of the planning so far, I would estimate about a million.

Maybe thatís a slight exaggeration, but after at least a month of Thanksgiving planning, it feels about right. When we began planning, we talked about everything we would do in advance to make Thanksgiving Day a little easier. Unfortunately, most of those things havenít happened.

I am forgetful, so relying on me to take a giant turkey out of the freezer five days in advance is not always a great idea. As I have done in nearly every Thanksgiving in the last five years, I forgot that part. Luckily we need more than one turkey this year, so Iím confident that my more detail-oriented sister remembered to thaw her turkey in advance.

We had also planned to make the dough for the rolls, the deserts, and several of the side dishes in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, work, meetings and school events has been eating the majority of my time lately, and since my sister is currently caring for my two-year-old, her two-year-old and her new baby, Iím sure she hasnít gotten everything accomplished, either.

So tomorrow is sure to be complete madness. The kitchen will be filled with a few people who know what they are doing and another 18 who have no idea, but really want to help. The children will be screaming, the family will be arguing and by the time the meal is set on the table, Iím sure everyone will be ready to give it all up and just go to sleep. But instead, weíll eat, drink and laugh at each other, knowing that weíre going to have to do it all over again in a month for Christmas.

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