Retired Restaurant Family During the Holidays – A Whole New Tradition

Jen and I

You may have had more experience with family during the Holidays than I do.  Growing up in the restaurant business made most family holidays working days.  We did spend the day together but not in the traditional watch football, have a few drinks and eat all day way….. more like the, hauling trays, bussing tables, running your butt off way. When we did sit down after serving 600 plus turkey dinners to those that chose not to cook at home, turkey just wasn’t that appealing anymore and sneaking mashed potatoes throughout the day from the steam table left you pretty much full.

Now, as adults, my sister and I try to make the traditional holiday meals at home.  We can handle a crowd and sweating over a three course meal is non existent.  The one problem is that we don’t know how to relax and do the family holiday without the muscle aching, fast pace style of the restaurant. It’s in our blood.  It’s almost like we are missing something…. no one more than the matriarch of the family who has “never missed working a Thanksgiving Day in forty-nine years!!!!” which is always accompanied by a longing look. This will become her mantra during our gathering and throughout the day.

How do you deal with that?  We thought a drinking game…. every time it was mentioned we would have a drink, but realized we’d never get the first course on the table.  We thought, maybe she could just work the day and not have her join us…..that just wouldn’t be right.  I mean, how many more Thanksgiving days do we have together.  We all could converge on the restaurant and offer our help, but I think our brother who runs the business might have different ideas.  So, we keep repeating that it is so nice to spend the day at leisure, giving thanks for all we have and…..wine, yep lots of wine.

Susan Garrett

Susan Garrett

Blogger at Susan Spouts
Susan is a food blogger, recipe creator and pescetarian. A pesce-what?!! A vegetarian who eats fish! She loves creating so when she isn’t in the kitchen, she's making floral horse blankets for the winners of major stakes races. Never boring, Susan believes that variety is the spice of life so join her in the kitchen for different, healthy, simple recipes to add to your week’s rotation!
Susan Garrett


Susan is a food blogger, recipe creator and pescetarian. A pesce-what?!! A vegetarian who eats fish! She loves creating so when she isn’t in the kitchen, she's making floral horse blankets for the winners of major stakes races. Never boring, Susan believes that variety is the spice of life so join her in the kitchen for different, healthy, simple recipes to add to your week’s rotation!


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