It's such an easy holiday. I mean, there's no time restrictions, no food restrictions other than tradition, and you get to eat inside your house, plus you don't have to spend a couple of hours reading from a booklet before you even eat anything. You get to eat your food hot right after you cook it, not kept warm or warmed up - unless it's better rewarmed. And best of all - you don't have to do it all over again the next night. Plus big lunches.
Okay, maybe it's because the Jewish holidays were only last month so the memory is fresh in my mind. :)
My mother-in-law made turkey, Splenda cranberry sauce and stuffing, plus two sugar free desserts - pumpkin pie and apple cobbler. My father-in-law made the salad, I brought rice pilaf and made the green beans strictly according to recipe. If I'd made it at home, I'd've added cumin. We also have a nice cabernet sauvignon - my mother-in-law has finally been convinced that turkey goes better with red wine.
We've only been trying to tell her that for years, but she has to hear it from someone else. What can you do?
It was my inlaws, my brother (yes *my* brother, because my mom is with her boyfriend's family), my brother-in-law, his girlfriend (whom he met via JDate *last* Thanksgiving - a year is a good sign, right?) and her three-year-old daughter. Who loves turkey. It was nice, but after seven hours (we got there at one, ate at three and then watched home movies for awhile) I really wanted to leave.
The food was wonderful. Except the green beans.