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.

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Comment by Zanelle on November 26, 2012 at 9:48pm
Sounds just right. As an only child it sounds like you are on another planet. It is really quiet in my life. Interesting about the kids but as time goes on you may see a change. We forget how it was to be young and just starting out.
Comment by John Fleshman on November 26, 2012 at 10:02pm

Sounds like a wonderful time. I enjoyed reading your post.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on November 27, 2012 at 9:10am

I love to hear my Republican/Independent conservative brother from Texas go off on a rant... does my heart good to know that when it gets down to the "nitty gritty" of fair play that folks on the "other" side aren't really that different from us tree hugging socialists.  R&L ;-)

Comment by Hyblaean~ Julie on November 27, 2012 at 12:21pm

no politics sounds like a wonderful rule

"We've left rooms in a huff but never, never changed our opinion." I think that's a universal truth.

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