Being a mid-twenty year old male, the bar of expectation is set very low in regard to holiday spirit and entertaining. Year after year, we hear moms and wives alike moan and groan about hosting family and friends for the holidays, but what are they whining about? Myself and my two fellow twenty-something roommates, one male one female, successfully and joyfully, most importantly, hosted in order: Thanksgiving, a graduation party, Christmas eve dinner, Christmas Dinner, New Years Eve dinner, and an eggs Benedict brunch New Year’s morning. We did not half-ass the menus at any point. Thanksgiving was traditional with turkey and all the fixings, graduation consisted of fine cheeses and meats from local gem, Cured. Christmas Eve was classic French mussels with fresh baguettes, Christmas dinner provided beef tenderloin from Lucky's Market and local portabella mushroom steaks for the vegetarians. NYE was Alaskan king crab legs, corn on the cob and loaded baked potatoes with homemade dressings. Though my roomies and I provided the house and the main dishes, our friends were more than happy to contribute. What made the nights work is that nobody possessed these grand expectations, we were just happy be together.
So, go ahead, host for your friends and family, don't listen to the whiners. The holidays are not about certain gifts, or eating a certain meal at a certain time. It's about being grateful for your loved ones and spending time with those people. All you need is good people, good food, music, and plenty of alcohol. Happy New Year!