We’re hosting Mr. Frugalwoods’ family for Thanksgiving! This is our third consecutive year serving as the stewards of this fine holiday and we are thrilled. Homebody that I am, I absolutely love hosting people in our home. Well, not random people per se, but people we actually know.
My in-laws (parents + siblings) will be here at Frugalwoods HQ for 4 days and nights. We’re all looking forward to endless rounds of Canasta, much talking, laughing, wine drinking, jesting, and general revelry. I’m grateful that my in-laws are such an easygoing, fun bunch of folks who really respect and appreciate the home that Mr. Frugalwoods and I have created.
It means a lot to me that they’ve traveled to spend Thanksgiving at our home these past two years. It makes me feel like a real adult (unlike the rest of the time when I’m just some frugal weirdo going around digging through trash piles). Plus, I have to hand it to my in-laws for rolling with our frugal city life when they’re here.
Thanksgiving is a perfect holiday for the Frugalwoods. There’s not much materialism associated with it and you get to cook in bulk, with ingredients bought on sale! There’s no compulsion to buy gifts, or costumes, or fireworks, or a live groundhog.
Granted, it yields a ton of food, but, Mr. Frugalwoods is pretty judicious about freezing and reusing all of our leftovers. I anticipate very little will go to waste. Plus, Frugal Hound is a certified turkey freak. Since we rarely eat meat, our little hound goes nuts for it every Thanksgiving. She about licked my hand off when I fed her a few pieces of bird last year.
Furthermore, Thanksgiving is really a great holiday for me because I don’t cook. Ahhh yes, you can see why I love Thanksgiving so much. I do bake the pies and clean the house in advance, but the Thanksgiving feast is entirely the domain of my main man, Mr. FW. He outdoes himself every year and the result is always a level beyond stupendous.
But most importantly, we’re able to simply spend time with our family. I hit the in-laws jackpot–I truly have the most wonderful in-laws. They love me, I love them, we both love Mr. FW, who also loves us in return, and everyone loves Frugal Hound. We’re basically just LOLing (lots of loving) all over the place.
Another pro for Thanksgiving is that critical juncture in our Thanksgiving preparedness: The Bathing of The Hound. Poor Frugal Hound is bathed but twice a year, in spring and fall she does meet the suds of the tub, with much protest, and oh her little feetsies we do scrub. Basically she hates it and it’s a ridiculous scramble of fur, water, and limbs. But, she gets clean and we get filthy in the process. And, since we do it ourselves at home in the bathtub, we don’t incur the exorbitant costs of a groomer.
P.S. Does anyone in the Boston area know where we can find the cheapest turkey bird? We’ll go comparison shopping, but if someone else has already done it…. not that I’m lazy, but…. just sayin’. Mr. FW, after reading this, requested that I add the following: “tell them that I’m looking for a good value on a quality bird. I don’t want some janky turkey bird.” Duly noted, Mr. FW, duly noted.
The sweetness of having our family come visit always sharpens the pain of not living near them. Mr. Frugalwoods and I hate that we live so far away from both of our families. While we see them a few times a year and talk on the phone often, it’s just not the same. I have this utopian vision of us all living together in a little rural town on adjacent homesteads, but I’m not sure that any of them share that dream with me… Come on guys! You know you want to!