Hope you all have a great weekend, but a extra special one for fellow Canadians. S/O and I went shopping for remaining needs for the weekend tonight. Tomorrow I will be making pumpkin pies (had fun tracking down pie pumpkins, sold out mostly for some reason) and vanilla almond fruit torte (both desserts are sugar free). I'll also be preparing some dips and pickle trays etc and making cranberry sauce. Sunday will be the 4 of us here, my cousin and her son and her new beau, my aunt and my brother along with his girlfriend. I had hoped my brother would have his children this weekend but they can't be here. The rest of us will enjoy though. I am making a very traditional meal as my family would revolt if we didn't do it old school . Turkey, gravy, old fashioned savory and onion stuffing, maple and brown sugar ham, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, turnips, green beans, a wild rice dish for those who don't like potatoes, homemade whole wheat rolls. As insane as it is, my cousin has declared it a pyjama day. It tends to be stressful in our family at holiday gatherings due to me doing all the work, kids underfoot, not a heck of alot of space here for so many guests, pets, etc. Also we all have our own emotions about being unable to invite my mother to join us. So my cousin has declared we will have a pyjama day and just not stress anything, not worry if something doesn't cook on time or if the table is "just so". I am not sure I can go along with it, cooking in my jammies for a ton of guests or not fussing about the table looking nice and ensuring all food is done at the same time to ensure proper heat when served etc. But i certainly will clear the dinner table when we finish and join the gang by jumping into some jammies and kicking up my feet with tea and visiting. Monday will be quiet, just myself and S/O and the kids. No cooking since we'll have loads of leftovers anyhow. We plan to go out to the lake front for a family walk since the weather looks to be beautiful, and then come home and eat whenever we all want to eat, watch movies and just enjoy the sounds of no traffic whizzing by outdoors and knowing we are lucky to all have one another to share a holiday with. Happy Thanksgiving all I think other than Christmas, Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year. Sometimes more than Christmas as I enjoy no gift giving etc.