Thanksgiving is supposed to be a holiday we all love. It’s not Valentine’s Day, so you can’t be bitter. It’s not St. Patrick’s Day, so there’s no pinching involved. And it’s not Christmas, so you don’t have to worry about presents or any of that other religious stuff. Plus, unless you work food and bev, you’re likely to get the day off. So then, why do some people cringe and others smile in delight? Perhaps the division lies in the kitchen, right between the cookbook and car keys.

If you’re a smiler, then hopefully you have a lot to look forward to this week. A break from work, school, the day-to-day 9-5 monotony. And, oh yes, the food. Turkey, ham, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberries, stuffing, rolls, and pie. This should sound familiar. Or maybe the memories are more centered around family, chasing kids around the back yard, sopping up spilled drinks, or just catching up with those folks you’re related to but only see twice a year. Whatever it is, embrace it.

If you’re a cringer, well we’ve got something for you, too. An overwhelming amount of dining spots in the area have opened their doors on turkey day and invited you to spend the day in their home. A few favorites are Cypress, Peninsula Grill, McCrady’s, and Blu Restaurant. Other restaurants like The Glass Onion, Caviar and Bananas, and Ted’s Bucherblock are offering to bring their home cooking to you with pre-ordered meals and sides. Come to think of it now, these options sure beat an hour’s worth of clean up.

Whatever you choose, it’s a holiday, so revel in it. Eat too much, drink too much, and try to enjoy that infamous family time.