Every Thanksgiving we head to my sister's house in Carbondale. The house was the home that my mother grew up in. Every year, just about all of my siblings and their children, and even my one sisters grandchildren show up for dinner. This year due to Covid-19, Chris and I will be having Thanksgiving at our house.

Chris plans on cooking the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and desserts. There will be four of us at the house for dinner. Me, Chris, her son (my stepson) Ian, and Ian's father John.

As much as I am going to miss my family on Thanksgiving Day, I'm trying to look for the positives of staying home on Turkey Day. I guess one positive is I get to sleep in a little longer because I won't have to drive an hour to get to my sisters. Another positive is I can take a nap after I eat because I will be at my house, and yet another, at my sister's house, I always help out with the dishes after dinner. With just the four of us at our house in Endicott, there will be a lot less dishes to wash, and I can just throw them in the dishwasher.

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Another plus will be the fact that I will able to enjoy a couple of drinks because I won't be going anywhere. And as much as I love visiting with the family and having dinner with them, after eating all that food, I don't look forward to the drive home. Every year about 20 minutes into the ride from Carbondale to Endicott, I'm usually stopping to buy a coffee so we don't become drowsy driving statistics. And because I won't be riding in a car for an hour to get home, I won't miss any part of the three NFL games being played that day.

I'm sure at some point we will reach out to my sisters on Thanksgiving whether that means with phone calls or maybe we will set up a zoom chat. Either way, I'm already looking forward to next Thanksgiving when hopefully we can all be together again in person for the holiday.

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