I threatened last year not to cook for Thanksgiving but still ended up working all day on a giant meal for my little family that took all of 30 minutes to eat.
We didn’t have any visitors last year, which made it even sadder. Plus, Michael hates turkey so no matter how juicy or golden brown you manage to make your bird he would rather have pasta. And that doesn’t make you feel good after cooking all day.
So this year, I am just NOT doing it. We have family coming, and I proposed that instead of sitting around overeating and watching football that we take the kids to Disneyland as an early Christmas present.
Let me clarify, I feel like we are still celebrating Thanksgiving. I have many, many thing to be thankful for. I am just not cooking all day for a meal that takes 30 minutes to eat.
And I am thrilled with the Disneyland plan for several reasons.
No. 1 — I’m not having the stress of planning, shopping and making sure that turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, beans and rolls are all finished at the same time. Instead, we are having lunch with the Disney Princesses Thanksgiving Day in Ariel’s Grotto – seafood and steak.
No 2. – The grandparents are giving the kids an experience for Christmas instead of just “stuff.” I couldn’t afford to take a family of five to Disneyland. (It’s more expensive than Disneyworld, which is so annoying!) Michael hates Disney parks and would have fought even going. So this way our family doesn’t have to worry about shipping presents to the kids, they get to spend wonderful time with the kids and enjoy Disney.
Have you ever said screw it on Thanksgiving and not cooked? Did you eat out? Did you do another activity with your family? Would you miss not having a big meal or being at your house?