It's a lot of work, but the best tasting holiday meal you can get. No wonder people wanted to come over and partake!
As I look at people's dinners on T.V., it makes me wonder why the host doesn't make the turkey and stuffing, and let everyone else brings the sides, or even a ham. I made the whole thing, too, but maybe things should have been different?
Mind you, I learned it that way.
My mother's mother made the food at her holiday meals...though a couple of friends did bring something, which didn't help her, but was thoughtful.
My father's mother worked for days on her holiday meals, without help. She probably wouldn't have accepted help, I'm not sure.
And, no one helped my mother. My dad's mom did bring a side, but like the sides brought to my other grandmother's, it didn't change what my mom had to make. It wasn't a pie, green bean casserole, or cranberry sauce. Again, appreciated, but my mom still made the meal by herself, cheese and crackers to pie and coffee.
Which is an interesting thought. We are raised, as girls, to see that we are responsible for doing everything.
Maybe more families need to set things up where everyone coming will bring a significant side, dessert, etc.? It would show children that they do not have to be responsible for everything.
I know that women tend to be too exhausted to eat, after making a meal like that.