Relax and Reflect

My husband and I are hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner this year. The group will be relatively small, only 12 people, and include a nice mix of both sides of our families. While we are thrilled to serve as hosts to the most important people in our lives, once we committed to the task we realized--with two sets of parents boasting 30-some years of Thanksgiving experience--we better get it right or we will never be allowed to host again. Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway), planning for Thanksgiving, which at press time is still a couple weeks away, has sucked up a substantial amount of our time and energy.

The fall is always a hectic time of year. Like my husband and me, most people stay busy enough decorating their houses (or their kids) for Halloween and either planning the perfect Thanksgiving dinner or figuring out exactly where to spend the late-November holiday.


Cathleen Flahardy

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