Post # 1
as promised I’m back with thanksgiving help needed.
long story short, FIL is spending Thanksgiving alone. MIL isn’t sure what she wants in life and now that the entire family knows, FIL doesn’t want to be the center of attention or the “pity”invite (I fuly understand) so he says he is opting out of thanksgiving this year and spending it alone at home. He hinted at wanting us to stop by.
I don’t want to rub it on his face but at the same time I want it to be special so I was thinking a slow cooked ham with peppercorn pudding, maybe a Oreo pie or something? Idk.
so I’m here to get ideas on what foods we should bring. Its his first thanksgiving in 25 years alone, without the entire family, without his wife. I it will only be three-5 adults and one child so a ton of food isn’t necessary but I’m hoping to not have to go overboard but to have a thanksgiving feel but maybe not all the way thanksgiving themed?
Post # 2
Mrslovebug: Aw that’s sweet of you! The holidays can be tough alone when you’re not used to it! FI’s parents divorced about two years ago and the holidays were tough on them too.
I suggest green bean casserole! What says Thanksgiving more than that? 😛 I love the idea of a ham and a pie…and maybe cookies that he can have for a while after you’re gone.
Is it your child that’ll be there? Maybe you can bring some crafts, construction paper or something, and he can make a turkey for Grandpa to hang on the fridge?
ETA: Also, if he’s a drinker, bring some warm spiked cider! It’s more *seasonal* than Thanksgiving.
Post # 3
I didn’t think about green bean casserole, its been like 6 years since I made that, I forgot how good it was. I also really like the craft and cider idea!
Post # 4
Ask your DH what dishes are traditionally made and avoid those!! Start a new tradition with him. and make some fun quirky dishes like a braided pizza bread or lasagna. Food can bring back lots of memories so in these trying times it’s sometimes better to make new ones. GL!
Post # 5
I do remember a couple years ago MIL made an Italian pasta for the dinner. They are always the one to throw it and when something bad in the family happens MIL would make Italian so she didn’t have to cook all day. But making something that isn’t holiday themed is an idea, however Italian was her thing when say her mom was sick or a relative had recently passed away