Just curious as to how the holiday meals go for others here. This, of course, applies mainly to family meals done in home kitchens, and is at least a little bit tongue-in-cheek. When it comes to holiday meals, would you rather: A) Cook them yourself in your own kitchen? B) Eat at someone else's house and let them cook? C) Go with the whole family to a restaurant and let someone else deal with your picky relatives? D) Stay home by yourself with a good bottle or two? If you are cooking the meal in your own kitchen do you: A) Allow guests to help and/or bring side dishes? B) Tell them not to bring anything, cook everything yourself, and wish people would just get out of your kitchen and stop getting in your way? C) Decree that until the meal is done and on the table, the kitchen is off-limits to everyone else? If you are at someone else's house for the holiday meal do you: A) Kick back, have a good time, and let them do all the work? B) Offer to help, but feel relieved when they shoo you away? C) Offer to help, and be glad when they let you? D) Just pretty much take over and chase them out of their own kitchen? If you allow guests to bring side dishes are you: A) Happy they were so thoughtful and helpful? B) Happy if people gobble them up and wish for more? C) Happy to gloat that people barely touched the things other people brought? While you are cooking, do you: A) Clean up as you go, rinsing and reusing pots and other utensils, and end up with a kitchen that is pretty much clean when you are done? B) Follow the "no pan left behind" method, and have a huge mountain of stuff to wash at the end? C) Not really care, because since you do the cooking, it is someone else's job to clean up? While you are cooking, are you: A) Calm, collected, and entirely in control? B) Harried, on edge, and grumpy because you always feel as though something is about to go wrong? C) Harried, on edge, and grumpy because anyone would be that way if they had to deal with your relatives, even if no cooking were involved? And finally, do you: A) Enjoy the holiday meals? B) Find yourself sometimes thinking the whole thing is a hassle, but then sigh wistfully and know you can deal with it? C) Find the holidays to be a good reminder of why you don't all get together more often?