This year I hosted the family Easter dinner - something I've not done before, because there are always others who are glad to host, and because with my choir schedule during Holy Week (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Saturday night's Easter Vigil, and two services Sunday morning) I have always thought it was more than I wanted to take on.
Plus, my contribution to holiday family parties for most of my married years was our annual Sinterklaas (Dutch St. Nicholas) party in early December. 2009 was the last time I was able to manage that, so I decided this year I wanted to host Easter dinner.
Happily, everyone could come and, as well, everyone offered to bring something. Which makes it so easy, and so much fun.
Thanks to my Illinois-based family - I loved having you here.