Thanksgiving is coming up.
As the most heavily-traveled holiday of the year, most of us will be partaking in the annual tradition of visiting extended family for dinner where we genuinely enjoy the company of some and pretend to genuinely enjoy the company of others, all while making a mental list of the 8,000 other things we'd rather be doing. Like having an apicoectomy.
Honestly, I really do enjoy Thanksgiving. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is reputed to be the biggest drinking night of the year, followed by a gluttonous feast of turkey and that cranberry sauce that stays shaped like a can. What a great holiday.
I've also no doubt that the drinking phenomenon is directly related to the extended relations attempting to mesh. As with most situations in life, beer helps.
What also helps is not showing up at a someone's door empty-handed, especially if this is the first time meeting them.
Homemade baked items are best, but if there's no time or one's simply not a baker, grab an item from the grocery store. You can even grab it 5 minutes before showing up at the person's house and they'll never know. Though, to be on the safe side, it's always a good idea to trash the receipt and threaten the kids to secrecy.
Some other ideas include flowers or a bottle of wine. If you have any unique situations you might like some help with, check out our latest gift ideas and we'll offer our insight for what to bring to stymie any chance of your extended relatives speaking ill of you once you leave.