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Old 11-21-2018, 08:34 AM
 
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Alternative question: How many of you WISH you were having Thanksgiving with just yourself or with just your significant other? Families can be stressful sometimes. Life isn't the Hallmark channel.

I'm always one contentious holiday away from opting for the holiday Bahama cruise.
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Old 11-21-2018, 08:43 AM
 
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Alternative question: How many of you WISH you were having Thanksgiving with just yourself or with just your significant other? Families can be stressful sometimes. Life isn't the Hallmark channel.

I'm always one contentious holiday away from opting for the holiday Bahama cruise.
I'm probably in that category. I know this sounds selfish but I hate the stressful 2 hours plus drive each way through So Cal freeways to get to my brothers house which is about 100 miles from where I live. They don't eat until evening hours and I have to be at work the next day.
My mother is 87 and so I never know which will be the last Thanksgiving or Christmas with her and my siblings all together so I make the best out of it, but I don't look forward to it.
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Old 11-21-2018, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Alternative question: How many of you WISH you were having Thanksgiving with just yourself or with just your significant other? Families can be stressful sometimes. Life isn't the Hallmark channel.

I'm always one contentious holiday away from opting for the holiday Bahama cruise.
I wouldn't say I want to have it alone, but I would like the extra day for traveling without the expectation of having to show up for a meal.

I see the people I'll be with tomorrow for Thanksgiving meals every week. Seeing them on a random Thursday is just not special.
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Old 11-21-2018, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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Alternative question: How many of you WISH you were having Thanksgiving with just yourself or with just your significant other? Families can be stressful sometimes. Life isn't the Hallmark channel.

I'm always one contentious holiday away from opting for the holiday Bahama cruise.
I am VERY pleased not to be living near my husband Kennedy-esque size family and their family holidays. Gossip, fighting, greasy food, feeling left out.

Being here with my husband is fine with me. In the words of his eldest right before we married (saw her in the Costco parking lot) ......"he's YOUR problem now".

At the time, I had no idea what she was talking about. Better just him than that entire family!
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Old 11-21-2018, 08:46 AM
 
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I'm probably in that category. I know this sounds selfish but I hate the 2 hour drive through So Cal freeways to get to my brothers house which is about 100 miles from where I live. They don't eat until evening hours and I have to be at work the next day.
My mother is 87 and so I never know which will be the last Thanksgiving or Christmas with her and my siblings all together so I make the best out of it, but I don't look forward to it.
I hear ya. Given your situation I would likely do the same thing. No way to get Friday off? That would make the drive and the later hours easier to bear.
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Old 11-21-2018, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Straddling two worlds
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Alternative question: How many of you WISH you were having Thanksgiving with just yourself or with just your significant other? Families can be stressful sometimes. Life isn't the Hallmark channel.

I'm always one contentious holiday away from opting for the holiday Bahama cruise.
Even when I lived closer to my son, we both agreed that the stress involved with travel, cooking, etc etc etc, especially since he has to work the night before and the day after, just isn't worth it. When we get together we want to be able to relax and have fun, eat, play with the dog, hang out. The collective angst surrounding Thanksgiving just isn't conducive to that.
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Old 11-21-2018, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Being here with my husband is fine with me. In the words of his eldest right before we married (saw her in the Costco parking lot) ......"he's YOUR problem now".

At the time, I had no idea what she was talking about.

So he's always been a miserable grump.

I wonder how these guys manage to hold it together long enough to attract a female. Or in your husband's case, two.
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Old 11-21-2018, 09:17 AM
 
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So he's always been a miserable grump.

I wonder how these guys manage to hold it together long enough to attract a female. Or in your husband's case, two.
That is why I said - that they will always find a way or someone.

My oldest brother is also a miserable grump - sickly Vietnam vet. PTSD etc - but still has to beat them off with a stick.
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Old 11-21-2018, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Just me and my cat. In past years I would make a Cornish game hen and some of the traditional sides but this year I think I will treat it as just another day. As much as I love living in Arizona, it still feels weird not having snow for the holidays.

Trust me, that is the only time I even think of the s word tho except to shiver when I hear from old friends or check Minnesota weather.
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Old 11-21-2018, 09:27 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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Here in VT it feels weird having snow for Thanksgiving!! Still coming down, no signs of it melting or going away any time soon. It's like Christmas in November.Ugh.
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