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So our 2 guest for Thanksgiving cancelled! How to make Thanksgiving more of a holiday feel w/o any family with us to celebrate? Just going to be myself, my husband and 3 year old. I will have to spend half of the day at the hospital for my son in NICU. I was thinking just have a small dinner, then drive around look for Christmas lights? lol Going to be boring Thanksgiving. ;/

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Last updated: Nov. 20, 2012 5:55 am
Posted: Nov. 19, 2012 7:43 pm
Commented by: chairlifter
Nov. 19, 2012 8:07 pm
It could be that your cancellations did so as to take any pressure off of you with your son in hospital. Would it be possible to make a dinner that you could take up to the hospital, and eat together with yur son? I remember, all those years ago, when we moved here, a million miles away from family, and had to do our Easters, TG's and Christmases sort of "alone", but as my Grandfather used to say, at the end of the day "Family" is all you've got, and there's so much to be thankfull just in that! Its about being together, as many times, and as much as possible. Don't lose that.
Meat Legs
Nov. 19, 2012 8:12 pm
My son is in the NICU, so no I can't eat with him lol! I have to say it does take some pressure off. I was wondering how I would work it with having to drive to the hospital multiple times, and trying to enjoy Thanksgiving CHAMPAGNE with my fam! ALso all the cleaning I had to do before! I was looking forward to them coming to spend it though. Oh well.. guess it is better this way, can spend more time on my son in NICU! =)
Commented by: MSiegan
Nov. 19, 2012 8:35 pm
Honey - I'm so sorry you're little one is in the NICU. Perhaps you should prepare a turkey pot pie (??). It will be delish and will freeze well. My sister has made a big old turkey pot pie in the past and it's still a family fave!! Wishing you and your family well -
Nov. 19, 2012 8:46 pm
DW recently finished her career in the Recovery Room, and it was not uncommon for me to bring "dinner" up there for her and her co-workers, along with Dougie, our disabled son. Granted, you might have to loop it up a bit larger, that the staff are included, and keep quiet about your action, but I would question that its not permissable to do. At the end of the day, every moment together counts. Don't miss any of them.
Commented by: mimosa ain't no PRO
Nov. 19, 2012 9:09 pm
Could you make something special for the staff at the NICU that's having to work the holiday? Then maybe go out to eat then follow up with the Christmas lights. Sometimes when the usual traditions aren't possible, it can be fun to go in an entirely different direction to make a memory that will always stand apart from all the other holiday celebrations. I'll have your family in my prayers that Little One gets to come home soon!
Meat Legs
Nov. 19, 2012 9:14 pm
Thanks for the ideas! I actually like the idea of going out to eat! I think my husband is really wanting to cook the turkey though. I should bring in something for the staff!!!! Geesh now that's another post to make!
Nov. 20, 2012 4:45 am
Because of hubby's job, we've spent many Thanksgivings "just us" and never thought it was boring. think of all the times you've wished you had some time just to yourselves and enjoy the day together. Have a nice meal, make something for the staff and look for early Christmas lights. Sounds like a great day to me!
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These festive OREO Turkeys are so cute – you won't want to wait until Thanksgiving to make them! Even the littlest helpers will love attaching candy corn feathers to the turkeys' cookie tails. 
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Nov. 20, 2012 1:59 am
Turn it into an opportunity to involve the 3 year old. Do you think you and your 3 year old could make something like this for the staff? You could also create a thank you card made out of construction paper, decorated with different colored "leaves" (trace the hand of the three year old and cut out different colors of construction paper, scatter around the border to look like leaves).
Nov. 20, 2012 3:39 am
Meatlegs sorry to hear your baby is in the hospital,i know what that is like,BiBi has a good suggestion.Msiegan has an idea also about the turkey pie.Hope your baby comes home soon.Happy Thanksgiving.
Nov. 20, 2012 4:51 am
Bibi, the oreo turkeys are SO CUTE! I wish I'd seen this earlier. It would definitely brighten up a workday!
Commented by: Lindsay
Nov. 20, 2012 5:55 am
Good morning meatlegs. I think it might be nice to go out to eat. Then, your husband could make the turkey he is looking forward to cooking another day, maybe over the weekend. I decided to go out for T-day last year a little too late, and everywhere I tried to get into had no more reservations (most places take reservations). For a few years now it has just been me, my husband and my daughter for thanksgiving. No one has invited us, despite having lots of family here, and when we invite folks, people cancel or say they have other plans. It's all okay though, less cleaning, and more quality time with my family. One thing we like to do is to play a game or two as a family. Not sure what type of game a 3 year old could play, maybe shoots and ladders or candy land. Or watch a Christmas movie on DVD together and snuggle up on the couch. I hope your little one in NICU gets well soon. Hugs to you!
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