5 Ways to Enjoy Thanksgiving!

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This is the month when family and friends gather together to enjoy each other in sweet conversation and share in an incredible feast—roasted turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes swimming in gravy, crisp colorful salads, yummy vegetables, rolls oozing with real butter, and mounds of desserts. Make sure the best linens are ironed, the best china and serving pieces are spotless, and the house is cleaned from top to bottom. (Don’t forget the drawers because Aunt Ethel always inspects them.)


Oh my. I heard a cyber groan. Are you tired just thinking about the preparations? You can admit it . . . the idea of family and friends visiting your home is exciting, but you’re always too tired to enjoy them.

How to make your Thanksgiving easier is the million dollar question.

How to enjoy your Thanksgiving the most is the two million dollar question.


Like you, I want my holiday to be memorable—in a spectacular celebration. Here are five ways to ensure your event is cherished and not a nightmare.

  1. Know who will be attending your home. Establish a start time. Remember those who are always late, so set the dinner hour thirty minutes before you plan to dine. Secure diet restrictions and record your findings.
  2. Plan your menu. This is not rocket science. If the idea of cooking scares you to death,  then assign a dish or two for each guest. Make this aspect part of the holiday celebration.
    “Grandma, would you bring your sweet potato casserole? It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them.”
    “Tom, I could really use a vegetable plate with a couple of dips, perhaps a spicy one and a milder type. That would really help me out.”
    “Sweet husband, I’m going to be so crazy busy on Thanksgiving. Could we pick up a ham and turkey before guests arrive?”
  3. Treat yourself and have your home professionally cleaned, the oven too so you won’t be embarrassed when it’s open. Set the table two days before Thanksgiving. Organize, list, and record the times things needs to be done right up to the ringing doorbell. Assign any of those duties to family members who think Thanksgiving morning is supposed to be spent watching the Macy’s Day parade and later football.
  4. The day before Thanksgiving, bake or pick-up desserts and rolls. Stir together any casseroles so all you have to do is preheat the oven and pop them inside. Plan an easy breakfast for the following morning.
  5. Thanksgiving Day! Take a deep breath. Your list is checked off. You’re smiling. You’re eager to greet the guests. Most of all you’re not exhausted.

Enjoy Thanksgiving and don’t forget to share what makes you grateful.

What tips do you have to offer to make this Thanksgiving season even more of a blessing?



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