Q: We’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner for a slew of our out-of-town relatives. Is it OK to ask some to stay at a hotel?
A: Preparing a Thanksgiving feast is a major enough undertaking without adding a gaggle of overnight guests. If you wish, and your situation permits, you can invite relatives from farther away to stay with you. But it’s also fine to request that they sleep at a nearby hotel or bed-and-breakfast. Just get the word out early- ideally, when you are first inviting people to attend.