How about my boyfriend and I both work for major retailers. We both have to work the day before Thanksgiving and the day after (also known as Black Friday and we open at 6am). This upcoming week will be extremely busy as the stores are preparing for the massive crowds on Friday.
We just bought a house that needed total renovation in July. We are still in the middle of it. But because my house now has the largest space for everyone. I got elected to have it here. UGH. Like I have the time, energy, or money. Oh well. I also don't have enough place settings with my china, so mom may have to drag hers over. Paper plates are out of the question here. My dad NEVER complains, about anything...but one year when mom was going through menopause she was a bit "off her rocker" and did an unforgettable meal that year. Not a good thing. That "meal" was also served on paper plates and my dad complained the entire day. I still laugh about that Thanksgiving. She laughs about it now too.
I did talk to my mom last night and she offered to buy half the stuff. Even offered to do it again this year. I told her no, it will be okay as long as she can help.
So 14 adults and 15 kids will be giving thanks at my house on Thursday. Actually that reminds me to be thankful instead of frustrated. I do love having a big family.