Are you ready for the holidays? I’m not, but that’s nothing new. Aside from my husband and children, most of the rest of my family lives far away — far enough that family gatherings are few and far between. So most holidays, it’s just the five of us.
This year is an exception, as my parents will be visiting for Thanksgiving. I’m trying very hard (and have gotten much better in recent years) to be laid back about having guests. To not obsess over cleaning, preparation, shopping — everything that goes with company.
But last weekend filled up quickly, as often happens. So no grocery shopping or meal planning was done. And work Monday and Tuesday (as well as evening commitments) leaves Wednesday to get everything taken care of. It’ll get done, but I might be a little harried come Wednesday afternoon!
I’m always amazed at how others I know seem to be able to pull off entertaining both graciously and effortlessly. Of course, I know that’s not the case, but they always make it seem as though it is. There for a while, my husband and I were hosting frequent gatherings at our house. It helped loosen me up, worry less about perfection.
But work and other responsibilities have gotten in the way of late, so there’s been no party at the Haynes residence for a while. So now it’s time to celebrate and enjoy the company of family and friends.
Here’s hoping you all do the same. Happy Thanksgiving!