Harvest Welcome reads the mat at my front door. The mat and most of my Thanksgiving decorations still remain along with a few leftovers in the refrigerator. I am slowly winding down from a Wednesday and Thursday Thanksgiving performance with 18 adults and one baby. Do I dare count the three dogs (two were guests) and two cats? Seven adults and one baby stayed in our home; the rest took over a nearby inn.
Much food and drink were consumed. Surprisingly, unlike years past, there was very little drama. I come from a family of 5 siblings. Four of us take turns hosting the big event; last year we were in Reno and next year we head to Redding. Our grown kids talk of hosting but so far not one lives in a house. They all rent from condo to apartments to a room in a house. Is this a sign of the times?; hard to say.
Although never formally agreed upon, when my family meets politics and religion are off the discussion table. We are all over the political map and like in years past prior to Thanksgiving the political e mails fly back and forth between certain family members. We are all very good not to discuss religion; but, politics not so much. We made it to almost 6 p.m. Thursday evening when I heard my niece shout, NO POLITICS. I then heard my Mom say I just have to make a point. I then heard most of the living room voices erupt - NO POLITICS.
In years past we have had some pretty heated political discussion. Never in all the years has one person gone to the 'other' side because one was swayed by the debate and 'facts' put forth. We've left rooms in a huff but never, never changed our opinion. So, blame it on the alcohol, we can't control our political mouths. Funny, how we can control our religious mouths; easier to do I suppose because many in my family are non-believers.
Christmas will be wonderfully quiet. My family only meets twice a year - an August camping trip and Thanksgiving. Perfect in my book.