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I’m not quite sure what it says about our house when 25 for Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t feel “big”.

Yeah, it was a very big bird… 29 pounds to be precise.

Last year, we did this for Christmas – basically, when we don’t have the kids, we host dinner for friends. It’s fun. But last year felt big. It baffled me at first, we had the same number of people (I checked the guest lists, dammit!) but it did feel “bigger” somehow. Then it dawned on me.

Last Christmas, we had a huge tree taking up one corner of the living room. Plus, we’d only been in the new place for a few months. I think the second point is actually the telling one. Today, we’ve had an entire year of parties, friends, and dinners. Having 10 people for dinner on a weeknight is not unusual around here. Having 15 or more for a weekend brunch is the norm. Heck, what’s 25?

It doesn’t look like that much… until you realize the green beans are heaped in a 9×13 casserole and the stuffing is in a gigantic wooden dough bowl.

In the end, we did most of the shopping on Tuesday. I did two of the pies on Wednesday. The rest was done on Thursday. Our friends are awesome and handled snacks and beverages, plus brought gluten-free goodies and even pitched in for clean up.

And when it was all said and done, our Thanksgiving was exactly what a holiday should be. Surrounded by friends and family; filled with love and laughter (and way too much food!)

Are there leftovers? Sure, but not as many as you might think.