For the first time in a little over 30 years I only live an hour or so away from my best friend. We're going to have Thanksgiving together this year.
For the first 15 years of our marriage my husband always had to work the day before and the day after to get paid for the holiday so we couldn't go anywhere more than about 2 hours away so I always cooked dinner. My mother lived about 6 hours away from us all those years. Once in a while she'd come to our house but we never went to her house.
Then about 3 years ago my mother moved to within 2 hours of us. So we had to go to her house for Thanksgiving. OMG. What a pain!! She made a huge production about doing everything and grunts and groans around the kitchen doing anything and to top it off her food is just not good.
We're 4 hours away from her again. I have already told her my girlfriend and her husband are coming to my house for dinner. If she wants to come here for dinner that's fine.
Or she can go have Chinese or pizza with my sister. That's a whole other story.