Have you ever been relegated to the kids table on Thanksgiving? You know what I mean. The house is overflowing with people and the dining room table is stretched as far as it will go. A satellite table is set up just outside the dining room entrance to accommodate the rest of the crowd. Inevitably it's a card table with one wobbly leg. These seats go to guests of the younger variety, however, every once in awhile, due to overcrowding (or spite) an adult has to be seated with this group.
I ™ve been that adult.
I can already hear the groans from the rest of you turkey eating adults, who think this might be a fate worse than death. I can sense the sympathy from many of you dear readers, who feel I have been slighted. I can hear the insipid giggles from my family, who no doubt think, Better her than me!
I ™ll share a secret with you if you promise not to tell ¦this is the best seat in the house! No one at this table cares if you don't eat your brussel sprouts. No one casts a side long glance if you forget to spoon your soup properly, or begin to slouch. No one here, ever talks about their water heater, nosy neighbor, or medical problems. But the best part is, as long as you can get the kids to pick up their plates and head into the kitchen, you get first dibs on dessert! (And no one at this table tells if you have more than one tasty treat!)
Everyone has a favorite holiday, and for many, it falls in the month of December. I totally get it! I too, love the glitter, gluttony and giving of the Christmas season. But for all its merriment, there is a lot of pressure that comes along with Santa's arrival. Conversely, Thanksgiving sneaks in with little fanfare and departs almost as quietly. I ™m a sucker for tradition, and Thanksgiving has it in spades! There's little stress about what's to come, because everyone knows the plan. Morning begins with the Macy's Day parade, followed by turkey, stuffing, yams, assorted veggies, a wishbone and plenty of pie. It finishes with football and a walk around the block. (To make room for more pie, of course.)
There's a calmness about Thanksgiving that many other holidays lack. Families truly get together to share fellowship and food. You can count on Aunt Bev's homemade cranberry relish with chopped nuts, Aunt Paula's noodles, Aunt Nancy's dressing, or Grandmother's Golden Glow Salad. Sure, you make jokes about the whole thing, and kick your cousin under the table when the same story is repeated for the twentieth year in a row, but you really love it and it makes you feel safe. And isn't that really what family celebrations are all about?
So though I am excited to dig out my favorite Christmas decorations and attend some great holiday parties, I ™m in no rush to get through Thanksgiving. It's like a deep breath of fresh air before all the excitement begins. I intend to relish the day with my husband, kids and friends who will be visiting this year. I ™ll be up early and I ™ll have the Macy's Parade on in the background, as I begin cooking. I ™ll bring out the special china and set the table properly. And this year, when I set the place cards, I might save a seat for myself at the kids table.