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Cheatsgiving: Feed The Kids Nuggets And Enjoy An Adult Meal In Peace

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chickenOver the past few years, we have developed an annual Thanksgiving tradition along with my brother and his family. They come to our house, kids in tow, and we enjoy a glorious mayhem (four children between three and six, in total!) for the better part of a week.

Since we are within range of DC, we start out Thanksgiving Day with a trip to one of the Smithsonian’s fine museums and zoos. Let’s face it: we’re up at six a.m., even though it is a holiday, and the kids are about as ready to sit through hours on end of the Macy’s parade and football as we would be to sit through a marathon of Yo Gabba Gabba. Getting out of the house is key to sanity maintenance.

When we return from the day trip, we spend a bit of time trying to cajole the kids to nap (ha! fat chance!) and then turn to preparing dinner. However, we have taken the kids’ table one step further… they get a whole entire kids’ meal, eschewing turkey in favor of chicken nuggets. Yes, we do set the table nicely, and we also talk about what we are thankful for (you guessed it: chicken nuggets). They love this kids’ meal! And we love it, too, because it leaves us with tired kids and…

A GROWN-UPS’ MEAL! After bedtime! We eat and laugh and don’t pop out of our seats to get more ketchup for anyone. Heaven.

To cap off this excellent day, my sister-in-law and I retire to the upstairs, bottle of wine in hand, to watch trashy tv while the guys clean up the kitchen.

And for this entire awesome annual extravaganza, I am truly thankful.

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  1. Emmali Lucia

    November 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    That sounds absolutely amazing.

    And now I want chicken nuggets, damn

    • Eve Vawter

      November 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      I’m going to make a turducken using chicken nuggets

    • Emmali Lucia

      November 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      I can’t remember what all’s inside of a Turducken.

      Isn’t it a turkey, duck, chicken, and Cornish game hen?

    • Eve Vawter

      November 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      and possibly like an omelet

    • AmazingE

      November 16, 2013 at 10:15 am

      YES! That would be awesome. I’ve only ever had turducken once, and I swear to you it was one of the best things i’ve ever eaten, ever. Oddly enough it wasn’t for a Thanksgiving when I had it.

    • Eve Vawter

      November 16, 2013 at 10:56 am

      REALLY! It sounds like sooooo much work to me

    • AmazingE

      November 16, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Oh, it totally is. I watched Alton Brown make one once, and the amount of prep that goes in is just way more work than I wanna do, haha. That doesn’t mean I won’t try someday when I have my dream kitchen and an unlimited food budget, though.

  2. Skipper

    November 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I think it kind of defeats the point of family get togethers and holidays if nobody is whining about how they hate their meal and the adults aren’t talking behind each other’s backs about what brats the other’s kids are. Where is that rush of relief when everyone finally leaves and you promise never to host a holiday again? I’ll go the traditional route, thank you.

  3. Alicia Kiner

    November 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    awesome idea. I love the day trip plus holiday rolled into one.

    • Emily

      November 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Author, here: One year, we even moved Thanksgiving back a day to accommodate awesome tickets to a football game on The Day. Theory was: our kids are too young to understand the calendar, anyway. It was just as much fun as any other year! We all look forward to it!

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