My parents ended up living 3 hours away from their families. Mom is really close to her family, so it must have been hard for her, but we always had dinner for our immediate family, and sometimes friends, too.
It can be nice to have a smaller group.
DH and I were working for Thanksgiving so we planned to have family over on Saturday. We ended up getting the stomach bug on Friday and MIL called and said she didn't want to be around sick people so we decided to skip Thanksgiving this year. Then MIL informed us via text on Sunday morning that she wanted lunch before she left town that day. She showed up (I was still too sick to get out of bed) and threw a huge fit because there was no Thanksgiving meal fixed for her. This year sucked, next year they can all go fuck themselves.