Dinner for Twenty Two

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You wonder why you torture yourself with the annual Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the same every year. Send out a distribution list to fifty like minded individuals and prepare yourself for the onslaught of replies. Limit the number of attendees to the first twenty that respond (always leaving room for a few extra exceptions for your “special friends” that didn’t make the deadline). You know from experience that fifteen of those people will volunteer to bring their favorite dishes which in all honesty not everyone likes. You will spend the next two weeks in a continuing state of anxiety. For what?


28 thoughts on “Dinner for Twenty Two

  1. Brenda's Thoughts November 8, 2019 / 7:41 pm

    The idea always sounds good in the planning stages, but cause a lot of stress. Hopefully, in the end it’s worth it.

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  2. James McEwan November 8, 2019 / 9:28 am

    I know the feeling, these events somehow become accepted as a ‘tradition’ and you think, maybe not next time – but you do. Well this year someone else can take a turn. I won’t be invited.

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  3. Abhijit Ray November 8, 2019 / 2:23 am

    A complicated “Thanks Giving” dinner indeed! Dishes are not appreciated by all guests. Host in a state of anxiety. The whole event has turned into a ritual without much Thanks being Given to whom it is due.

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  4. bearmkwa November 7, 2019 / 2:23 pm

    Almost like the invasion of the inlaws… only they come uninvited and take over, leaving you a shadow on the wall fit only to clean up after them.

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    • Danny James November 7, 2019 / 2:30 pm

      Yup. And I am usually the one cleaning up with no assistance. Thanks for the meal….by.

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      • bearmkwa November 7, 2019 / 4:19 pm

        yep, that, too.


  5. granonine November 7, 2019 / 7:32 am

    How incredibly sad. That’s certainly not descriptive of our Thanksgiving! Of course, we don’t invite so many–it’s usually just family–but we always have a table full of happy people, who have contributed food we all enjoy. I love Thanksgiving because I’ve learned, over the years, not to put the cooking off to the last minute. Terry helps me with the turkey; I make a family favorite jello salad; others bring most of the rest of the food. We are thankful to have a day off to relax, be together, play games, and sometimes put up the Christmas tree. Our Thanksgivings are joyful.

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  6. msjadeli November 6, 2019 / 3:21 pm

    Sounds about “right” but always worth the memories generated from it.


  7. Dale November 6, 2019 / 11:10 am

    I don’t get it. Yet so many put themselves through ths during the holidays…. for what indeed…

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    • Danny James November 6, 2019 / 2:39 pm

      The joy??????? Harder than ever to have “polite” arguments any more.


  8. Anita November 6, 2019 / 8:27 am

    We have food and friends and are so blessed.
    Happy holidays!
    Maybe we can plan things a little better and let our guests know what everyone will like, & if they are planning to get something along, maybe they can consider getting what everyone likes πŸ™‚

    I Rest My Case – Anita

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  9. Tannille November 6, 2019 / 7:13 am

    And after the event, the pain & suffering dulls and you do it again next year. πŸ˜€

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