As we often do, we went to not one, not two, but three Thanksgiving dinners! We do not find this stressful. No one changes their schedule to accomodate us. It just happens that the three dinners that we are usually invited to fall at different times, and we enjoy stopping by at all three which each have their unique flavor and flair.
My dad works overnights and has a weird sleep schedule so my mom serves Thanksgiving dinner at noon. My mom is great at cooking the basics and gets everything just the way you would expect it to be without anything unusual or different. She also goes way overboard on the pies so there are plenty for everyone! This year there were pumpkin, apple, and pecan (several of each!) Yum! Yum! Yum!
Diana's mom serves dinner in the afternoon (this year at 3), giving us just enough time to enjoy some after dinner conversation with my family before heading across town to her place. She is not use to cooking for an extra 5 or 6 hungry people so it is a good thing that we can eat before getting there to not overburden her. Diana's mom's house will be filled with lots of friends that have become family. It is an all adult crowd so my posse of kids sure livens things up. Once again, there is time for socializing and conversation before heading out to Diana's nanny's house. The conversation at Diana's moms is definitely different from the conversation at my family so we get to experience different family cultures.
Then at Diana's nanny's there is a more formal dinner; this year it was at five. Diana's dad will be there, and his sister and her husband and their kids (who are teens just a bit older on average than mine). Once again, a totally different culture than the other two dinners.
This year, we were so involved in conversation at our first two stops that no pictures were taken! The only pictures we have are of the dinner at Diana's nanny's.
The best part of having so many feasts? As Esme said while eating a piece of cherry pie at the last meal of the day: you are sure to get what you want the most! (She had been craving cherry pie, but there was none at the first two dinners. )
Lining up for food!
The boys enjoy some dessert.
Nanny and Aunt Kathi