I wrote on your pages a lot of stories about this holiday every year. You and I got old sharing different situations that happened on this particular day, how the menu changed over the years, so the weather... It looks like yesterday when my sisters and I were infants and had to sit at the table with the adults, pray before to eat, stay quiet, do not talk, eat with good manners. We had to dress formal and if we ate at other people's house, we had to wear hat and gloves also.
When I got married and invited people at our Thanksgiving dinner, I always considered the little children. Do you remember how I use to have a special small table and small chairs for the infants? Once, I was a child and I know how "boring" the adult conversations are. Kids like to be with other kids. So, I thought to make their dinner moments pleasant.
Sometimes, the youths, do not want to share time with the adults and prefer to eat with other humans their age and talk about the last movie, the popular singer, how difficult the school project is, how much they love the new TV program, their plans for senior high school, my mother does not allow me to use make up, grandpa always disapproves how do I dress, my parents just got divorce, dad doesn't live with us but he prohibits me to pierce my nose, the acne is destroying my life, "I have to find out myself"... too much data for adults to absorb in a Thanksgiving dinner. When there are teenagers with an already crumble world, we better give them space and like children, give them a special table to share with the new generations.
Many times, I wondered if I was segregating the children and the teenagers from the festivity. I always asked my kids if they would prefer to eat with the adults or with the visitor's kids. They always preferred to be with people of their same age. That is exactly what I wanted during my childhood.
Change of eating habits in the modern life: people with special diet or health situation like no salt, low sodium, gluten free, fat free, lactose intolerance, food allergy and a universe of etceteras. The menu is always included in the dinner invitation. Why people do not let me know on time about their eating situation? Very rarely, somebody called me on time and let me know about their eating restriction.
Nowadays, there are dinner invitations with the "bring a side dish" modality. I suggested my daughters to call ahead and explain which unique side dish they were going to bring. Do you remember my friend Joni? She always requests to bring the side dish and writes on the dinner invitation a suggestive list which never includes the mashed potatoes neither the green bean casserole. Guess what. Those are the most duplicated side dishes her guests bring every year!
Oh Diary... I always calculate a specific quantity of food for a specific quantity of people and the dinner invitation with the RSVP annotation would prevent the shortage of food portions. On the other hand, there are people who invite themselves to the Thanksgiving dinner (I call them parachutist), guests who bring an additional guest, people who love the second and third serving and sometimes, there is a person asking for a ration to go like been in a restaurant. In the past, I always gave the requested portion to go on a regular dish and that is how I lost some of my dishes. The china sets got incomplete. No wonder I started to sale the lonely pieces online. Until there was the day when I started to give the requested portions to go on plastic food containers like butter, cottage cheese, yogurt, so on. Seriously, all of the plastic containers were returned... People did not like to receive the food on plastic containers and eventually quit asking for the extra portion to go.
My dinner invitations always have the line Our home is smoke and alcohol free. My grandchildren want to add the word texting. They dislike when other person can not keep a normal conversation because of the cell phone dependency, constant interruptions because of the obsession to read and answer a text message right away.
One year, my husband and I decided to have the dinner in a restaurant. (That was the only year when all of the kids did not visit us because all of them were overseas.) My goodness Richard did the reservation on time. The joint was extremely packed. Looks like women do not want to cook anymore. One of the persons eating at the restaurant was giving terrible time to the waitress. Did not that person realize he was not the only customer, the waitress had to take care of a lot of people, she was working a holiday and she has family too?
And the school lunch the day after Thanksgiving is traditionally turkey sandwich, Thanksgiving dinner side dishes left over casserole or re run of the dinner. I always prepared different meals like chili, pizza, white rice topped with stir fry beef, Caesar salad, tuna salad with crackers. School children or High School youngster do not want to see poultry for a while after Thanksgiving.
Dear Diary, a new Thanksgiving is around the corner and of course, the dinner and the activities are already planned. This year, I did what is called "treasury list" in the place where I sale stuff online. A treasury list is a selection of products based on a theme. I chose about how to entertain the children during this event. The tittle is Entertainment For The Kids After The Thanksgiving Dinner. The link is
Well Diary, you know by now I write too much.
I shall continue writing other day.
Good night Diary. ☺
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