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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving this week!

My family and I celebrated our Thanksgiving yesterday at Golden Corral. Due to work schedules and other family obligations, our celebration rarely takes place on the holiday itself. This trend began when I was in college and working in retail and grocery settings that required I work every holiday. I was always great at choosing stores that were open 365 days a year for my employment in my youth.

While I eventually began working for companies that paid me to enjoy my holidays away from work, my husband is still required to work them. In his profession, if Thursday is your normal workday, then you work Thanksgiving. I'm so grateful that my family is flexible so he can enjoy our celebrations, too. It's no fun to be left out.

Mom, our matriarch, decided our celebration should be held at Golden Corral for many reasons. A few of us have special dietary restrictions. A couple of my family members are picky eaters. Everyone can sit at the same table. No need for TV trays, which would be fully employed if I hosted the meal at my house. Most importantly, nobody is stuck in the kitchen cooking or washing dishes.

Unfortunately, neither of my grandsons were able to join us, but my granddaughter was there with my stepson and daughter-in-law. In fact, my princess was the belle of the ball. In true six-year-old fashion, she had us all charmed and wrapped around her finger. Even though she was disappointed that the ice cream machine was broken, she kept smiling and brightening our table. Don't worry, her mommy found a cupcake for her, which was an acceptable ice cream substitution.

It really doesn't matter where we celebrate as long as we're together. Don't get me wrong, I wish my house was big enough for the whole family. I would love to set up a big dining room table and have everyone over to enjoy a home-cooked meal and family love. Alas, my home is quite modest and far too small for 15 people. Therefore, I'm thankful we have access to restaurants with enough seating to accomodate all of us.

I would be remiss in not mentioning how much I miss my extended family during the holidays. Aunts, uncles, cousins, and the extra folks who showed up made for some great Thanksgiving memories. Those were the days before the kids had kids of their own and we grew to such a large group.

I know it isn't feasible in the foreseeable future, but if I ever become weathly, I am going have a place big enough for all of my loved ones to come and celebrate our blessings together.

Wherever you celebrate, I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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