So that title isn't exactly accurate. There will be, in fact, some "try" involved in this year's feast. Just not as much as I have in years past. We had a few late cancelations, so we won't have as many people to cook for, so that cuts back on a lot. But most of the pressure to "do it big" comes from within.
As a homesteader, I have to fight the urge to NOT make everything from scratch. The fact that we like to do the things we do only means we feel the pressure to do them for more than the four people who live in this house. It's almost as if I think visitors expect to see me in an apron and kerchief out on the porch churning butter, while FF is busy threshing and winnowing wheat for those homemade rolls.
So this year, I'm not going to overdo it. We've got homegrown duck and chicken (instead of turkey), the breads will be made from scratch, and I'll probably transform the leftover items from the summer garden (in canned or frozen form) to something that looks - holidayish.
Being a mom, being a wife, being a homesteader - these are all things that I love, but they are also things that I tend to make myself crazy at trying to perfect. So my goal in 2016 is simply to make Thanksgiving peaceful if not "perfect." With all of the outside noise, I want our home to be a respite from the rest of the world. And possibly a hiatus for me too.
Of course, by next week I'll get back to knitting those gifts I'm making for the "perfect" Christmas. (Hey, I can't break every bad habit in one week.)
Now where did I put that drop spindle?
I'm the wife of a Fledgling Farmer(FF) and mom to Fledgling Farmer Boy(FFB) and Fledgling Farmer Girl(FFG).