I love Thanksgiving and by far it is my favorite holiday. I love the time with my family, even with the usual bickering and antics, and love the food and looking forward to the same family favorites every year. However, in my preparation I thought to myself why do we go through all of the efforts and preparation. I know for me, at least, I plan for several weeks. It's not just the menu but all of the details. I love to sit down the Sunday night before Thanksgiving and map out my plan for the week - grocery list, timeline, atmosphere. My prep always includes thoughts about the ambiance and presentation - do I have the proper serving utensils and dishes? what music would be best? what flowers or candle? I know that some see this as a hassle and just don't do it which I completely understand, but for me I love it. Though, I still wonder, even though I love it and look forward to the season, why go through the efforts (a serving utensil is a utensil after all, pull a spoon out of the drawer)? So, I thought I'd pose the question to the group as I imagine the responses will not only remind us of the reason for the season but also be very interesting and get a chance to learn others' perspectives. What does Thanksgiving mean to you? Why do you choose to make it "perfect?"