I hadn't been worried about it until Phen's post earlier, and now I'm fretting. I ordered most of our gifts from Amazon.com last night. The order confirmation said they would be shipped out from three separate distribution centers, so I have not one but THREE chances of having something be delayed. Hm. That's not good.

I went to Target on my way home this afternoon to get most of the remaining gifts. I've already got other things for each of them, but I still need to get a small somethingorother to round out the gifts for MIL and for our neice Rain.

Tomorrow is our staff winter luncheon party at work, which means we'll have a nice few hours break in the middle of the day. Perhaps I'll even win one of the door prizes this year - something I hven't managed since my first staff party at the university. I think I'm due. And then I'll try to stop by somewhere tomorrow after work to get the remaining gifts we need and another stop to the grocery store for the ingrediants I need to make mini cinnamon rolls on Sunday for our work brunch potluck on Monday. And then I'll spend several hours gift wrapping stuff over the weekend and several more hours gift wrapping stuff when our Amazon order (hopefully) arrives.

Sheesh, I'm tired of the holidays already and they're not even here yet.

If you replied to this post, yes I've got you down on my list. If not, better get it on there, since I'm going to send them out fairly soon. ;)

Criminy crickets, there are a lot of people on my list... which is nice since it reminds me of how very blessed we are with friends and family. But if I were to buy holiday cards for everyone I'd be in the poorhouse. No, really, I would. So for the most part my mailings will consist of our letter (and oh goodness, it's long this year) and maybe a little non-card something. Just warning y'all. Take pity on me!

I love Thanksgiving. I love the family gathering part, I love the food, I love the fall, I love that there are no religious implications at the heart of the holiday - that when it comes right down to it the whole day is supposed to be about taking time to reflect on all you have to be thankful for. Who can't get behind that? But every past year I seem to have gotten mired down in the fact that Thanksgiving has less to do with being thankful and more to do with figuring out how to break up the day so that neither of our families were slighted (One memorable year our insistance that we spend equal time with each family resulted in us missing both families meals and we ended up picking up fast food at midnight on our way home.).

This year the lightbulb finally went off and we've invited everyone to our place. If everyone comes who we're going to invite there will be 20 people at our place. And because I do actually value my sanity I'm going to have everyone bring one dish.

Here's what I'm thinking so far:

Mixed nuts (us)
Brie with cranberry chutney and crackers (us) 
Some sort of appetizer (W&T)
Salad (K&L)
Smoked turkey (us - borrow smoker from my ILs)
Turkey gravy (us - with help from Mom or MIL)
Bread dressing (us)
Cornbread dressing (Uncle F)
Mashed potatoes (ILs)
Vegetable side dish (Aunt F & Uncle D)
Coleslaw (Mom)
Cranberry relish (B&J)
Pumpkin pie (JD)
Some other dessert, something chocolate? (Grandpa)
Coffee, tea, hot cider (us)
Wine (us)














Theoretically this should go fairly smoothly. Only problem is that since I leave on a work trip in two days and two days after I get back from that we leave for vacation until November 10. So I've got to gt cracking on finding out who will be joining us and if they can bring a dish. Yikes. And then as soon as we get back I've got to start buying stuff - the turkey and food and whatnot, as well as table linens (we have none that will work). So much to do, so little time.

Question: is it tacky to serve on decent quality paper or plastic plates to throw away? Because while we do have service for 16, we definitely don't have enough for 20.

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