Magazine article Sunset

The Caring Crowd

Magazine article Sunset

The Caring Crowd

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THANKSGIVING WAS my favorite holiday long before my friends started doing "gratitude challenges" on Facebook. What's not to love? Carbo-loading amid expressions of heartfelt affection, and more pie, please! As a formula for a holiday, this is perfection.

And when the feast is crowdsourced (see our game plan on page 91), it's somehow even more perfect. I'm thinking of a Thanksgiving celebration in my own life that was deeply meaningful precisely because it was such a group effort. We hadn't actually planned a potluck. In fact, we planned to really put on a show. I'd unearthed my great-grandmother's wedding china. I polished the silver (feeling a bit chagrined about the mismatched spoons). My husband-the skilled and enthusiastic cook in our marriage-took charge of an ambitious menu. Then two days before the big event, we got one of those awful familyemergency phone calls that require you to upend your plans and jump on the next plane. I hugged the cook close and he left. …

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