This year I asked my son’s GF what she does for Thanksgiving. She goes to her grandma’s. Her and my son had agreed to split up the day…some time spent there and some time spent here.
Frankly, with a Thanksgiving meal being so much work, I didn’t think that either her grandma or I would appreciate that so I suggested that we do our dinner on either the Sunday before, the Sunday after, or on Friday. If I am going to cook a big meal, I want people to be hungry for it :)
My son said “let’s do it on Friday after I get out of work” .
This worked out better because my grandkids would be hungry, too…not coming here from the other grandma’s house, already full. My oldest son had been traveling for work, so once home in St.Louis he was going to stay put. My youngest and the boys dad ( my ex ) would be here on whatever day I cooked. So we’d have five adults and five children altogether. The GF has three and my son has my grandson + older sister …they are like the Brady Bunch, Tattooed Generation :)
This worked out nicely because on Thursday I still cooked my turkey ( Upside down as usual…when I do it that way, it is literally falling apart when I take it out of the oven. ) People have all sorts of complicated basting that they do but I cook it upside down and it works : ) The breast is sitting in all of that juice…it is super moist that way.
I put all of the falling apart turkey back into the cleaned roaster pan and then poured the broth from the giblets and neckbone that I had made over it. This would keep it moist and juicy in the fridge overnight. That way on the next day, I only had to deal with potatoes, gravy, stuffing, pies, and one side. ( I assigned some other sides and dinner rolls to the boy’s dad. )
I do not decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving but I have been itching to, since Thanksgiving came so late, plus there is all of that Christmas-y snow outside. So while the turkey was cooking, along with some regular cleaning, I started to take down the remainder of the fall / Thanksgiving decorations and bring out a few Christmas ones.
In the interim between your children growing up and becoming a grandmother, you can decorate however you want. When there are little kids around again, all of a sudden the Nativity set and other precious things have to be put up somewhere high, and non-breakable things can be at a child’s level. My holiday season will have five little kids 8 and under, in and out of here so hopefully my decorations will survive all of that. ( there have been some beheadings and amputations from my grands over the last few years to some of them :(
As to Black Friday, God Bless those people who venture out on what I would consider to be The Worst Shopping Day of the Year…I cannot stand crowds like that. I only did it once, years ago, not knowing what I was in for. Never again :)
I’ll be using my grandmother’s china turkey platter today: