On TV you always saw these big elegant Thanksgiving dinners. Huge sit-down affairs with wine bottles littering the table, decorations out in full force, and the good China sparkling away. This is what I wanted. An elegant candlelit dinner.
When Scott and I started having our own Thanksgivings this is exactly what I planned out. Elegant evening meals with wine and candles and pretty plates. Do you know what I found out?
Doing that is a pain in my butt. You spend all day cooking, you end up eating late, and then you still have to clean up! It’s 8pm before you’re sitting down to relax for the day. I had enough of that real quick! I thought back to childhood and realized maybe my mom knew what she was doing.
I switched tactics and started providing us with an early dinner, around 2pm is what I shoot for. This means we can have a relaxed morning and nibble on some goodies for breakfast. Then I get started making the big dinner. By the time eating is over and the kitchen is cleaned up, I still have the entire rest of the day to do whatever I like. When we get hungry again, we just have to heat up leftovers and not worry about messing up the kitchen.
Now that’s my kind of holiday!
Of course I still get out the good China and light candles. We still have wine while having a very calm and fancypants dinner. We don’t feel rushed or feel like we’re eating way too late. It ends up being the perfect plan for us.
How about you? Are you evening eaters or do you enjoy an earlier meal? Has it always been that way or did you create your own tradition?