The truth is, however, much more humble than that. Perhaps only three of us this year. Still, the planning is pleasant and thoughts of dressing up the table in its fancy finest is a holiday tradition that needs no crowd. It only takes two, I tell my family, to make a party.
I've been dressing up my tables since I found out 20 years ago it was possible to have more than one set of dishes at a time. My sister and I discovered this joyful truth together, and went on a spending spree that we still talk about. Thanksgiving represents the pinnacle of that joy.
I don't know about you, but it doesn't take much to send me off on another adventure in home living. . . a new lamp, washcloths, those dustpans with long handles. Last week I bought an olive spoon and as a result, my whole kitchen has been rearranged and organized!
That's because I'm prone to "running inside," as I call it, so it's especially important this time of year to stop and ponder, to drink coffee, and make sure I still am able to put one thought in front of another in an orderly way. Maybe that sounds easy to you, but I personally can't always be sure.
So far so good this year, but it's still early.