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Monday Night Flashback OT: Thanksgiving 2001

Thanksgiving is fast approaching in the U.S., and families everywhere are firming up plans. Tonight I started thinking about the first Thanksgiving I spent without my immediate family, and instead, spent it with my in-laws. 

My parents and my husband’s family all live in assorted areas of Chicagoland. When we lived there ourselves, it was easy to stop by two different celebrations on one holiday. When we moved three hours south, however, the idea of hitting two family dinners was less appealing. So now we alternate.

Which means that every other Thanksgiving, I don’t get to have my parents’ signature stuffing (with sage and sausage and it’s to die for), or my mom’s apple pie. I’ve learned to appreciate, though, a completely different type of stuffing, and well, to be honest, superior mashed potatoes. It’s a give and take kind of thing. The good part is that I truly love my in-laws, which makes being apart from my parents & siblings much easier.

Have you ever had to concede your holiday traditions/ place of celebration for a significant other? How do you feel about it?

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