Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wednesdays Question

It's Wednesday so that means it's question time. It's time to ponder and then answer just one question. Okay, you can add all you want as a reason for your answer too. We'd all like that.

So here's this weeks question: Hubby and I are not going to do thanksgiving and christmas meals anymore. Way too much work, with little to no help from our family. What do you do for the holiday meals?
We are planning on getting together with the family at a restaurant. Nothing special just get together and enjoy a meal and each others company. Hubby and I have been doing the holiday meals for 25+ years. It's time to rest.
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  1. Now that we live in New Zealand there is no Thanksgiving. The first year we were here we tried to have one, and it cost $85 for a turkey as only "rich" Americans buy turkey in November in New Zealand. Never again. As for Christmas, we have a picnic at the beach with a group of friends.

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    1. Eighty five bucks for a turkey? Wow. That's way too much. I can see why you only did that once. A picnic at the beach for Christmas sounds more fun than what we were doing. :)

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  2. We've never had a huge gathering for the holidays just us and my 2 kids then it sort of dwindled down to just my daughter and I've gotten tired of doing all the work so she can complain about having to make it to my house and her fathers. I'm ready to go out and have someone else do all the work.

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    1. That's where we are. We so enjoyed doing this all these years and now it's up to someone else to take the reins. :)

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  3. MotherDear usually wants to fix a big traditional dinner with all the fixins at home. She use to manage it all by herself, not wanting any help whatsoever, but as she's gotten older (she's turning 80 tomorrow!! good grief!, how did that happen?!) I help her by chopping the veggies and, of course, I always do the dishes. As long as she wants to do it I shall let her do as much or as little as she likes.

    Have yourself a wonderful Wednesday, Sandee! Say hello to Zane! big hugs xoxo

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    1. You are a good daughter Barb. Yes you are. :)

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  4. We've been going out to eat on holidays for years! You'd be surprised how many people are there.

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    1. I know lots of people go out. This will be the first time for us. :)

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  5. My in-laws, who used to host all the holidays, started doing this a few years back and while it's not quite the same it's still seeing everyone in one place that make the holiday special. Do the restaurant with no guilt but get your reservations in EARLY!

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    1. It's indeed the seeing everyone that counts. We won't go on the actual holiday, but a bit before. I don't want to wait in lines for dinner on the holiday. :)

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  6. We always go home for a gigantic family meal (up to 50 people). My dad is a retired policeman, so he can rent out the local FOP hall. He makes the turkey and noodles and the rest of us bring the sides and desserts. This year it is a combo Thanksgiving/Grandma's 90th birthday party, so it will be a really big celebration.
    Christmas is with my husband's family. Since his grandparents died, it has been much less fanfare, but still a good meal with some of his extended family.
    Enjoy your rest from holiday cooking. It's time for the next generation to take up the holiday torch. Or go out. That works, too.

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    1. What a great way to share the workload. I just wish I could get my family to pitch in like this. :)

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  7. Since I don't have any close family, I usually go to a friends house which is an hour's drive so this year I am going to stay home and cook my own stuff. I like spending time with my family of cats, dog and donkeys. The dog really needs me to stay home too. I think going out for Thanksgiving dinner is great. I have done that a few times with friends and it is fun. Have a great day Sandee.

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    1. If I were close by you could come to my house Marg. Wouldn't be the big spread as in years past, but a feast nonetheless. :)

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  8. This may be the last time for Thanksgiving for me to do. I'm a little tired of doing it. I've told my wife that next year we go away for a couple of days, just the two of us. Christmas, now that's a different story. I love Christmas but I wish some one else would invite me over for dinner because I just want to enjoy the dinner and then rest. Am I wrong thinking that way? Have a wonderful Wednesday Sandee and I'm making biscottis cookies today. Golf was cancelled until Friday. See ya my friend.

    Paul

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    1. We get older and we get tired. The young folks don't seem to understand that. I've been telling them for several years that they need to do more, but they just sit and wait for us to do everything. :)

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  9. I did it for 25 yrs, then we did it at the kids for a few years. This year we are going on a mini vacation all by our self, as the kids are both going to their in-laws. Different, but looking forward to it.

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    1. You go girl. What a fun way to spend a holiday. I like your idea a lot. :)

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  10. We pared down big holiday dinners- none of us need to do all that work nor do we need to eat that much. We also don't exchange big gifts- just stocking stuffer type gifts that are fun and I usually find those at the Dollar Store! Takes so much pressure off everyone.

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    1. I hear you. It's a good three days of work. Shopping for everything, then the prep day and baking all the pies, then the actual holiday. We are plum worn out when it's over. :)

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  11. The same as you I stay away LOL

    Have a questiontastic day :-h

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    1. Yep, we are so done. :)

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  12. I used to always do it. Now we moved up north to be closer to my FIL who's got a bad heart, and my MIL likes to make it. There's a lot of family division I'm not used to, and I've come to dread holiday meals (like trying to find a way to get out of town- dread) but I suck it up and go. That's what a good daughter-in-law does, right? And my MIL doesn't need any added drama, that's for sure. ;)

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    1. You are a good daughter-in-law. I would do the same. ;)

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  13. They open a can of my same old slop.

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    1. Not right is it Kyla? I don't think so either. :)

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  14. We have Diwali and Pongal as major festivals in India wherein family get-together takes place. One of my sons lives in the US and he misses most of these functions.

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    1. We all have our traditions. It's a good thing. :)

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    1. Road trip sounds like a great idea. :)

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  16. This will be the first year, in a long time, we won't travel for the holidays.
    We usually traveled for Thanksgiving and I cooked a big meal on Christmas.
    That's a lot of money for our family so I don't know what we'll do this year.

    Thank you for dropping by and reading my review.
    I appreciate your comments. Hopefully your hubby will read book.

    Have a great day!!

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    1. Yep, we footed the bill on everything. It was was expensive indeed. We enjoyed it for years though. Now it's just too much work. :)

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  17. My hubby loves a Thanksgiving meal so we just make a small version for the two of us. For Christmas we make something we never have the rest of the year so it's special but not too extravagant since it's just us two again. Okay, I pick it out and he makes it since I don't cook! :)

    Hope you get cooler weather soon Sandee! Gonna be mid 70s here today. Little Bit would love it!

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    1. I love your tradition. And the babies do too because you are home. What a great idea. Perhaps hubby and I can do this. :)

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  18. We've done Thanksgiving at a restaurant since around 2000. A word of warning, though--popular places like Cracker Barrel now FILL UP with people. We're talking 2-hour waits even at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. I've seen this get worse each year as more people eat out. If you have a local restaurant that takes reservations, that might be an answer. Or you could get it all to go! Christmas is tougher, since everything's closed that day...but you can do things like a meal from Honey-Baked Ham, where everything's included. I'm with you--I'd much rather do that and spend the day enjoying family time. (Although you do find that cooking took up a lot of the day and you end up with a lot of downtime!)

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    1. Thanks for all the tips. Sounds like you need to know what you're doing to make this work. Like the honey baked ham idea too, but this year I don't want to cook anything. Nothing. :)

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  19. we haven't made a big meal for holidays for years. we invited the boys & their families here for Christmas, but so far we got one NO so it looks like another quiet year. blahhh ;P

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    1. I'm sorry your boys and their families aren't coming. That's awful. :)

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  20. If we were I. TN, the kids do it now. This year it's just us. I'll make a nice dinner, but no big ordeal.

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    1. That's what we're planning. Going out with the family before the holiday and then a nice dinner with just the two of us. :)

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  21. I don't blame you, Sandee. We had been having a get-together hear for the last five. years.
    Karen started doing both before she left for London and is going to do both again this year now that she and family are back.
    Most Christmas' she came to the U.S. for Christmas and was here with us, she helped Mrs. Jim a lot.
    ..

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    1. Yep, there just comes a time when it's time to pass the torch to the younger ones. :)

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  22. here, here, here ... for fifty times =D>

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    1. I got it. Hear or here. :)

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  23. Your family should be making it for you now. Time the torch is passed.

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    1. I agree Binky, but none of them know how to fix either dinner and they certainly never showed any interest in learning. :)

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    2. That's unfortunate, but I guess not that unusual these days.

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    3. It is unfortunate. We've tried and tried to teach them. All our dishes are my mothers recipes. Everyone loves them too. :)

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  24. Christmas meals preparations are equally shared to us siblings, I have 2 sisters and my brother is also a good cook so we do them now, before it was my Mom alone but she's kinda old now and yes time for her to rest also.

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    1. You are some great kids. I already know that though. :)

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  25. My husband and I have done Thanksgiving at our house for so many years that it has become a tradition. I thought about not doing it last year, but when my sister started calling and hinting *wink*wink* we decided to pull it off another year.

    I'm inclined to do something small for just ourselves and our daughters this year, but my husband argues that, for traditional Thanksgiving dinner, it's just as easy to cook for fourteen as it is for four. He has a point - except for the dishes.

    We're still discussing it. We have to decide before my sister starts hinting again ;-)

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    1. Family will do about anything not to have to do all this work. Mine just sit and watch us work. Can't seem to get them off their lazy behinds. They say things like, well you're retired. Really. We just aren't going to do this anymore. :)

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  26. An easy one----I just go to the kids.

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    1. Wish it were that easy here. :)

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  27. I am slowing down on all that holiday cooking business. We get home from a long trip the Monday before turkey day this year, so I have already informed the kids that I am not doing the turkey this year. Maybe never again. Too much work.

    Big hugs, honey...

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    1. It is too much work. Your kids help though. Mine don't. I think it's time to hand over the reins. :)

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