Today is Thanksgiving, and we collectively have so much to be thankful for (our official list is coming shortly),but as you prepare for a long day with family, consider these wise words from one of our girls:
My husband and I are WASPs. Both Caucasian, raised in New England, going to protestant churches, both with old English families. You get the picture. You might think that our holidays will be filled with cozy fires, LL Bean sweaters, sipping cocoa by the fire, and petting our well behaved Labradors who are sporting a tartan holiday collar. I have visions of a Martha Stewart-esqe perfect holiday meal, eaten while exchanging intelligent conversation and meaningful smiles. Sounds so amazing, right?
Well, let’s talk about how our holidays will truly shape up. Depending on who shows up, or where we go for the holiday, our festivities often look much more like a combination of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Lots of crazy relatives, uncomfortable silences, infuriating conversation, and kids and dogs who are bouncing off the walls. This is the reality. So, I would like to take this time to be thankful for and reflect upon what always gets me through these family holiday dinners: Alcohol. Yes, a hefty glass of wine works wonders! Suddenly an annoying cousin who spews incorrect information she reads on the internet like its gospel seems so much more tolerable. The crazy kids can bounce as much as they want. The weird uncle who always greets you with a slap on the ass can just keep on slapping! I’ll just keep sipping my Chardonnay, thank you!
My son recently shared a Thanksgiving Poem that he wrote. They had to write about a “recipe” for a happy Thanksgiving, and his was filled with a “sprinkle of spending time with cousins” and a “dash of delicious turkey.” My recipe is pretty simple: Alcohol and lots of it. You may judge, but don’t knock it until you try it! The next time you are at a family gathering, chaos swirling around you, ready to strangle your family, just take a deep breath, crack open a bottle of wine, and breathe!