Thanksgiving is coming up, and we will be doing it completely different this year.
I'll be doing dinner with my immediate family, 3 children, their spouses, and the grandchildren and maybe the kids inlaws, if they wish to eat with us...We will divide up the different dishes, everyone bringing their favorites and when dinner is over, everyone will clean the kitchen.
Up until this year, I've tried to include extended family, nephews, nieces, and siblings, to please mom. Most of the time it has been a disaster, they don't show up on time, and either bring nothing, or not enough to feed themselves. Some days we would eat before they bothered showing up. I mean 2 hrs late for a meal is unacceptable in my opinion, and when I'm cooking, my opinion counts. And, as soon as meal is over, they either go outside, and leave the mess for me, or they box up the food, mine included, and leave. They tried to carry off the condiments 2 years ago!
I hope this doesn't sound too much like a whine fest, but I do have cheese, if it does.