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The entertainer who doesn't feel like entertaining this year

Wasn't exactly sure where to post this, so here goes...

I live abroad, and have a good circle of ex-pat American friends. We do not get Thanksgiving day off, but it has always been important to us to keep our 'merican traditions going. Last year, I did a Thanksgiving dinner for 25, and had a great time.

However, when thinking of this year's Thanksgiving, I just don't have a big to-do in me. My mother has been ill, job stress, etc. over the last few months, and I am just tired.

I think my friends are expecting me to put something together, because my hubby and I always host these type things. Should I let them know I'm not, or just not say anything and leave everyone to plan something else?

I was considering hosting a Thanksgiving dessert gathering for pies, cookies, wine, coffee, etc. A few hours in the evening, nothing huge, as we all have to work that day and the next. Has anyone done something like that before? Thanks.

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