Sometimes smaller is better.

When it comes to the major question of "what are we going to do this Thanksgiving" there is either the talk of going over to a big family dinner or just staying in and doing an immediate family dinner. As much as I love my extended family, when it comes to Thanksgiving, I have always been more of a fan of the small family meal. We get to cook our own food and the game is on the TV all day. (Sorry not sorry Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.)

Here are the top 5 reasons to have a small Thanksgiving meal.

1. Cheaper - While the cost of a Thanksgiving meal is always fluctuating, it makes sense that if you are feeding 5 instead of 20, the cost of your meal will be lower. Also, the smaller meal means less leftovers and more importantly, less fighting over the leftovers.

2. Dishes - This might be the best reason of them all. Even though it's a small family gathering, it's going to be one of those meals where you have to use the "good china", the "good dishes", and the "good glasses". In my head, when it comes to dishes, the "good dishes" is just another term for "can't go in the dishwasher." So at least if you have less people, the time doing the dishes will diminish.

3. Less Travel It has been well documented that Thanksgiving is the biggest travel holiday of the year. Well with a smaller group, you don't have to spend the whole time worrying about traveling or travel conditions. Even if you do have to travel to get home, with less people you can stay at your destination instead of getting a hotel and worry about other typical travel expenses. Besides, a Thanksgiving nap happens on a couch, not on a hotel bed.

4. Less of a chance of a guest having some dietary restriction - I'm sorry, but I honestly don't know if I made a "vegan-friendly, soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, lactose-friendly" Thanksgiving meal. I just made what the box told me to make.

5. Less of a chance of a Thanksgiving outburst - There's a time and a place for the airing of grievances and it's called Festivus not at the Thanksgiving dinner table. With less people at your table, the less likely you'll get a Thanksgiving blow up.