Wow, I'm late, but here's a Thanksgiving update anyway.
We, as in my family before I got married, have often gone to a family friend's (Dorothy and Elroy's, aka D&E's House) house for different celebrations, Thanksgiving, Easter, 4th of July, that sort of thing. D&E are my grandparents age, their children are my parents age, and their grandkids are my age. We've sort of grown up knowing each other.
This year we were invited to go to D&E's house for Thanksgiving. Since my Bro and SIL are still being sort of butts, when Dad offered this I thought it was a GREAT idea! That way, it wasn't just the 5 of us, sitting and looking at each other, SIL not speaking to me, looking at mom's empty seat, with way too much food. So, Husband and I went home wednesday night, we went to the Thanksgiving Eve service at Dad's church, where I sat at a table with Husband, dad, Bro and niece, and my SIL sat at another table across the room. Yeah, not awkward at all.
We took the leftover green fluff and a bottle of champagne leftover from the wedding. SIL did smile at me and say, "Happy Thanksgiving, Sheri", but that was it, and she didn't say anything else until it was time to leave, when I cornered Bro and SIL and asked for Christmas ideas for my niece. They hemmed and hawed, and I never really got an answer.
It was a nice afternoon, Dad helped fry 2 turkeys and a chicken (?? I know, and a random chicken!), and the rest of the meal was fabulous! There was a pumpkin trifle for dessert, it as awesome, too!
All in all, it was a friendly, easy nice thanksgiving, and I'm truly thankful for that.