How can Thanksgiving be over? I don’t know about you, but I spent days (and more days) preparing for Thanksgiving: thinking about the menu, planning it, then shopping, cooking, and let’s not forget cleaning the house as if we were expecting our guests to perform a white glove inspection which, of course, they never do.
And now…it’s done.
We had a wonderful day. Ate a lot. Okay, ate too much. Drank some excellent wine–cider for the kids. Ran the dishwasher not once, not twice, but three times. Sent everybody home with leftovers: turkey and stuffing; cranberries; glazed carrots and steamed green beans; maple- bourbon sweet potatoes and mashed regular potatoes; cake and pie; and, for the vegan and the vegetarian, meatless chili and couscous….
And now, it’s time to start planning Christmas. Or Chanukah. Or the Yuletide, or whatever it is you call your midwinter celebration.
Every now and then, I find myself thinking longingly about Whole Foods and their endless selection of ready-made goodies…But part of what makes these holidays so special, I think, is the planning and cooking and baking, because it’s all done with love.