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Moms Talk: Resolve Thanksgiving Dinner Conflicts

We're asking St. Louis moms and dads to tell us how they would sort out conflicting family dinners for a prominent U.S. holiday.

In preparation for Thanksgiving, we're asking St. Louis parents this week to weigh in on the subject of conflicting family gatherings.

Suppose your family is invited to two Thanksgiving dinners. Your spouse's grandparents are hosting the first, and your closest cousin is hosting the second. They overlap in time. Both will feature lavish sit-down turkey dinners with all the trimmings.

So onto this week's question: How do you make this decision for your family? Who goes where, and why?

Laura Falk November 16, 2011 at 01:40 PM
We would possibly try to spend some time at each. However, our families try to keep celebrations pretty consistent on timing, so that each year we know what to expect. My husband, kids & I also came to an agreement long ago that we would spend Thanksgiving with my family and Christmas with his. It has worked out quite well.
Rhonda Weiche November 16, 2011 at 09:58 PM
I have been known to attend three Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas gatherings for family. We would go to one early, one late and one in the evening as that was the time that family member chose. So we ate dinner with one, desert with the other and another dinner with the third. Then we would go to the movie with the third Thanksgiving night! It was never relaxing...it was marathon Thanksgiving feasting!
Martha Baur November 16, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Like Laura said, it's all about setting up a schedule/system in advance. That way no one feels guilty about turning down invitations. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!

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