Thanksgiving need not be stressful, and to keep that from happening here’s what I’m thinking will be helpful.
Set your table several days in advance. That’s a fun job that could help you get in the right frame of mind.
Plan your menu and make a shopping list.
Don’t wait until the last minute to go to the grocery store. Go early morning or late evening to avoid some of the craziness.
Prepare as many dishes as possible in advance so that on Thanksgiving day they only have to be baked or warmed. If guests are coming, don’t be shy about asking them to bring a favorite dish. They are probably happy not to be preparing the entire meal!
In the days preceding, put aside any anxiety, uneasiness or distress you have and focus on that for which you are grateful. There’s probably much more than you think.
At the Thanksgiving table, avoid any conversation about politics or the outcome of the election. Enough is enough!
Most of all don’t worry about everything being perfect but focus on the privilege of spending time with family and friends who mean so much.
AND don’t forget to take the turkey out to thaw!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving all of you.
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