So I'm hosting Thanksgiving this year, for the first time since 2006 when I was still in law school and my mother-in-law was still alive. I love Thanksgiving and generally love to host, but I've had some concerns about it causing more stress this year since there has been so much going on.
FIL and his wife are coming to town. I have to admit I was more than a little relieved when I learned they would be staying in a hotel. And I just learned that SIL and her family will be coming down Black Friday. It's been a while since we saw them, and we're looking forward to hanging out with our adorable little nephews.
Fortunately, the new housekeeper is working out great, and she will be here the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving to make sure the house is company ready. Having someone to maintain the chaos in the house has been a HUGE stress reliever. It's so much easier to relax in a clean house.
Local family is coming, too, so it looks like we will have 12 for dinner. A reasonably sized crowd, although we have had about double that before. I've already bought my turkey and all of my nonperishables, and I've been testing out new recipes. I'm going to try brining the turkey this year, and then using my regular recipe. I've never brined before, but I keep hearing that it's the best way to get a moist turkey. I guess we'll see.
And today I bought tickets for the Nutcracker for the Sunday after Thanksgiving. I have never seen it performed live. Every year I say I'm going to take the girls, but we never make it. But I got an email today with a great deal on tickets to see a well-regarded production company at our beautiful new opera house. I'm so excited! It will be so much fun to get all dressed up and have a girls day out. (DH didn't have much interest in going with us.) It will be a lovely way to wrap up our Thanksgiving weekend.