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When I began my five-part series on the preparation of Thanksgiving ahead of time, I mentioned that I have to be organized because of the large number of people for whom I cook. I typically have close to 140 guests, but this year was much easier as I only had 90. So, for the first time in a long while, I awoke on Thanksgiving morning with leisure time to spare, and so I turned on the NBC Today Show before stepping into the kitchen.
I was slightly amazed to see that the Today Show had a guest psychiatrist giving tips on how to deal with the stress that family causes during the holidays. She gave tips on how to set limits on the time the family spends together, carefully assemble a seating chart, and avoid hot topics. Much of what the doctor was sharing was common sense, but it was still a bit sad to think that of all days to limit time with relatives, it is the very day dedicated to the enjoyment of family togetherness.
This struck a chord with me because I was feeling a little down that so many of my family members could not make it to Thanksgiving this year. The only real stress my family causes me is worry for their well-being and happiness. I am not saying that everyone in my large family agrees on politics, religion, raising children, or any other hot topic, but we do know how to get along and continue to love each other no matter what our differences may be.