Thanksgiving Dinner For A Large Group- What I Learned

As I pack away the turkey salt-n-pepper shakers and look at the Christmas decoration boxes, I always ask myself if all this work was worth it.  Here’s what I learned this year from cooking Thanksgiving dinner (again) for a large group:

1.)  Yes, quite a bit of planning and work went in to making this, and every, Thanksgiving dinner special.

2.) Organization and the preparation made the actual day of Thanksgiving feel effortless.  

3.) By preparing ahead, all I had left to do was steam the green beans and watch my grandmother make her pan-turkey gravy (because nobody does it like Grams) while the turkey and casseroles baked in the oven.

4.) I had time to spend with my family and guests; and that’s what it’s all about, right?  What’s the point of having the people who are special to you in your home for dinner if you’re going to spend all of your time stressed in the kitchen wondering what to do next?

5.) So what was I going to do with all my extra time on Thanksgiving Day?  Have a re-enactment of the first Thanksgiving with the kids, of course!

6.) Still, more time on my hands to enjoy myself. 

7.) To sum it up, I learned that Grams’ gravy is the best, there will always be a little family drama, my kids will never forget playing pilgrims and indians, Connor gives the best kisses, planning and organization made it possible and yes, absolutely, the effort was well worth it! 

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