I do not live by my family. I have 1 sister who lives about an hour away. Every year for Thanksgiving that sister goes to her in-laws in another state. My parents who are in yet another state, always go back to Indiana to visit family there. The man formerly known as my husband does not have family here either, so for more than a decade we have always been on our own for Thanksgiving.
It wasn't THAT big of a deal to me. I was working a night shift and though I enjoy a nice turkey dinner, I really don't care for leftover turkey. (gasp!) I know... Turkey Blasphemy, right? Everyone always tells me, "That's the BEST part!"
Well, anyway... what we have pretty much always done since living here in Utah is GO.OUT.TO.EAT on Thanksgiving. (Double Gasp!) I know... Double Blasphemy, right? We would mostly hit a buffet, since they would serve Turkey with all the fixings, and the best part was I could sleep in, not cook and NO TURKEY LEFTOVERS. However, I will say that not having leftover pie for breakfast the next morning is sad.
Once we went to a Chinese Restaurant for Thanksgiving, and though we didn't have anyone come and sing, "Fa-Ra-Ra-Ra-Ra" we did order the duck. Mmm...Tasty! After our Thanksgiving Dinner (at lunch time) we'd always go to the movies as a family. This quickly became our tradition every year and my kids grew to look forward to Thanksgiving.
Well whenever I would tell someone how we spent our Thanksgiving, they would always give me **that look**. The "Oh... that's so sad" look. I don't know why, really. We LOVED our Turkey Day Traditions.
Plus, growing up, my dad almost always traveled on Thanksgiving. Many times, my mom would take all 7 of us kids to Chicago (3 hr drive), and we'd go to the museums cuz Thursdays were their FREE DAYS!!! And yes, they were open on Turkey Day. Well, after a few years of doing that, when my dad WAS in town, we still did that. I remember a few times going to Chicago on Thanksgiving Day and eating in Chinatown afterwards for our own "Fa-Ra-Ra-Ra-Ra Thanksgiving Duck". Yumm!
Anyway... back to the post... Last year was my children's first Thanksgiving Holiday in a "divorced parent" situation. They spent the holiday with their Dad. Big-D's family was kind enough to invite me to their dinner, so problem solved. Everyone had someplace to go.
This year, however, is a different story. It is **MY** turn to have Thanksgiving with the kids. Though I could justify perhaps setting the money aside and going to the movies that day, there is no way I can afford to take all four of us (no more kiddie prices) to a buffet for Thanksgiving Dinner. On a Special Holiday like this, the buffet prices are more, and **at best** it would be around $50ish plus tax and tip. On top of that would be the cost of the movie - about $25, and then the question would be if I allowed them to have any movie treats? So, we could very well be close to $100 for the day. Not terrible, but for a Po' Woman like me... yikes! I have started to make a list of grocery items to buy if I was going to do a homemade Thanksgiving Dinner... and by the time I buy the Turkey, the makings for stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, candied yams, salad, rolls, and of course the pies, I am still close to $100, and that doesn't even include the movie! Of course, the trade is I would have the leftovers and probably not have to cook the next day or two (tho I'd probably eat peanut butter).
I remember once growing up, when we were Po'... we ate deli sandwiches and had a game day. I know I could do something like that with my kids, and I know that it'd be ok... **sigh** But I just feel bad about the whole not-going-to-see-a-new-movie thing and breaking our Tradition.
Of course, I guess I could outlaw any hot water or electricity usage starting now, and only eat canned soup, and then maybe I could justify shelling that kind of dough out! hahaha!
Anyway... anyone got any ideas for me???