I wrote just a short while ago about the concept of settling for satisfied rather than pursuing perfection and the holidays are a great time to put it into practice. This week I am hosting 10 people (!) in our small home for Thanksgiving dinner. I can tell that others are concerned. They are concerned because they know me, know my house and know my cooking capabilities. But, what they don’t know is my new approach to life – settling for satisfied. And that will make it all so much better.
So, what does this all mean? Well, first of all, I am not trying to be Martha Stewart for this hosting effort. I will do my best to get the house cleaned up somewhat and I have decorated ever so simply with some Fall themes and simple Christmas items. I am attempting to clear spaces of clutter to allow for a simple, but comfortable experience. I am creating an incredibly simple menu and letting my sister bring a number of dishes that she is buying at Costco (saving on both prep time and space in my kitchen). I am having my in-laws bring a large folding table and folding chairs instead of going and buying one for this one time event at my house. I am cleaning the areas that need it most (bathrooms, living room and making the garage into less of a death trap as we may need to store some things out there for dinner) and leaving the rest as they are (including closets and the backyard, where we will be smoking a turkey, but I’m going to ignore the overgrown mess back there and solely focus on the smoker that sits right outside of our patio door). I am making two of my favorite side dishes and either buying the rest pre-made or forgetting about it. And that’s it. I need to do some more grocery shopping and finish up the cleaning today, but I’m pretty much done with it all. And I’m going to focus on enjoying the people not worrying about the perfection of it all. Hopefully, everyone else will be okay with it as well.
So, what’s your plan for this holiday? Are you stressed out about it being “perfect” or are you letting go of that and recognizing reality means imperfection?