November is my busiest month:
- Usually, I commit to writing a novel, along with my buddies at National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
- And there’s the annual fall cleanup, getting the house and garden in order for the long winter months ahead.
- The TBR stack grows dangerously high as I make my bookish gift selections.
- Plus, shopping frenzy and gift-making are well under way, since my overseas packages need to be mailed before Thanksgiving.
Yikes! That’s today!!!
Whether early or late, Thanksgiving always arrives at my house like a freight train.
- My novel still isn’t done.
- That early hard freeze in October froze the leaves on the trees, putting off their raking. Yesterday’s 2 feet of snow didn’t help.
- I’m 3 books behind on my GoodReads reading challenge,
- and the packages still need another gift or 2 before they’re ready to ship.
Does this sound familiar?
How can I possibly devote hours to thawing, trussing, and basting a turkey?
Not to mention umpteen side dishes and desserts?
And did I mention unpacking and washing my grandmother’s fine bone china, both before AND after?
Every pot will be used in the kitchen, and heck, I might as well just remodel.
Hold on! *pausing to take a deep breath* Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks, not have a stroke.
So, this year Hubby and I will enjoy the shortcut approach: turkey roast, instant stuffing, frozen vegetables, a deli pie, and a bouquet of mums to make the everyday, dishwasher-safe dishes look almost as festive as grandma’s. For us, Thanksgiving is less about the food than it is about thankfulness for having our family, whether or not we can all physically be together to dine on this one special day.
Special because among other reasons, it’s a welcome relief in the midst of a whirlwind of madness. It gives all of us a well-needed time to pause. And reflect. And give our thanks and love in all of love’s variety.
How do you prepare a feast like this? Do you take any shortcuts?