As a type A personality, this week always marked the start of stress season. From making the perfect Turkey, to the right hors d'oeuvres, perfect linens, etc, etc, etc. And to top it off I am blessed with a family that might as well replace the word "meal" with "drama".
Then 2 years ago, someone told me about their in-laws. There is actually a family out there who does not stress. They do not guilt each other into showing up, or excel at one-upmanship. They simply celebrate the day and invite you to join. It is up to you whether or not to accept. Either way, they celebrate.
So I tried it. "I'm cooking dinner at my house. You're welcome to join us." That was it. It was freeing. No drama. Everyone is doing want they want. Everyone is happy. I am thankful for my happy family.
And about that Turkey? Well, think of it this way. The worst case scenario is that I will have a total meal disaster and have to order pizza. I am thankful that no matter what, we will not go hungry this day. Or any day this week.
And my house will not be perfect. I will probably have dust somewhere, or forget to perform some crucial act like refinishing the floors. But my house will be warm and safe. I am thankful for that.
And if someone teases me because my linens don't match, I will laugh and be thankful that my mom is still around to help me celebrate this special day.
I hope you laugh today.