Like birthdays, Christmas, and New Year's, Thanksgiving is one of those annual events that that often inspires us to proclaim, "next time, things will be different." Even under the best circumstances, it can be a fraught with high expectations, delicate familial negotiations and gastronomic over-indulgence...It's a day so filled with variables that even the best laid plans can run amok. (You certainly don't have to have a dysfunctional family to be blindsided by a dry and withered bird, an out-of-sorts last-minute guest or a surprise announcement at the dinner table.) Whether we're the host, or the guest, traveling far or staying near, it seems there's always something we'd like to change, if we could. Sometimes, we know full well going in what that 'something' is, and other times, it's hindsight that sets the wheels in motion, causing us to vow - never again!!
So, what's your Thanksgiving resolution? To eat less? Drink more?? Cook the turkey yourself? Never cook again? Or maybe, just maybe, to relax and revel in the imperfection of it all...?