For the last decade or so, Thanksgiving has a been a chaotic holiday, filled with people (supposedly all family) from all over. Last year, I sat at the dinner table with at least 25 of my husband's relatives that I never even knew existed. I've always been a bit of a recluse, so I'm not a fan of huge family affairs.
This year, however, we are doing things a bit differently. Due to some last-minute family conflicts, I'll be spending Thanksgiving alone (well, if you count a husband, four cats and a dog alone).
Here my reasons why I'm thankful for this quiet holiday:
Call me un-American, but I HATE sports. I don't want to watch overpaid men running from one side of a field to another with a ball. If I want to play with a ball, I'll throw one for my pooch. Thankfully, my husband also despises these silly games, so we can use the television for more entertaining purposes.
As much as I love my family, it doesn't seem like we can sit at a table together without some argument popping up. Sure, I'll probably fight with my husband about who will do the dishes, but since I'm going to win that battle, it's not a true argument.
Don't hate, but there will not be any meat products at my table. Both my husband and I are vegetarian, so I'll be fixing meat-free dishes to enjoy. I didn't buy a Tofurky this year, but I did pick up a Vegetarian Hazelnut Cranberry Field Roast. I can't wait to pop that baby in the oven! This will be the first Thanksgiving ever where I didn't have to stare at a dead carcass during my meal.
No wait for the bathroom!
You may not admit it, but there is always a line for the bathroom during Thanksgiving. Something in the food just clears you out. I know that my vegetarian dishes are full of fiber, so I'll need some quality time alone on my throne.
Those are my reasons that I'm thankful for a quiet holiday this year. It's the little things in life that we should remember to give thanks for. Happy Tofurky Day!