There will be 17 at our place this year for Thanksgiving. My table can seat 12 comfortably if no one sticks their elbows out. So the men will load up their plates and sit in the living room in front of the TV while the women take over the table and help the littlest ones. I have a 24-pound turkey thawing in the frig, and there will be an extra turkey breast to roast as well. Everyone is bringing dishes to share to help with the meal.
The last two years my parents lived on their own, I would do the whole meal myself. That would mean getting up early on Thanksgiving day to make and bake yeast rolls and pies so they would as fresh as possible. It was a lot of work, but I loved every minute of it. It seems weird not to be so busy on Thanksgiving morning, but I'm getting to love it.
For the first time, we are using paper plates and plastic silverware, and that seems the hardest thing to do! In fact, I had some beautiful Waverly plates in my grocery cart last week; but I ended up putting them back on the shelf. I just couldn't imagine paper and plastic on Thanksgiving. But my kitchen is tiny; and when it was remodeled, I didn't want to sacrifice cupboard space for a dishwasher. Doing dishes for 17 plus pots and pans is seems ridiculous, so the china and good silver will have to wait until Christmas.
We have so much to be thankful for this year - what a year it's been for my family! Thanks for your comments to my posts as well as your kind thoughts and prayers. I appreciate you all so much. Have a good Thanksgiving celebration.