Thanksgiving is a week away. This time of the year can create a lot of stress whether hosting or simply attending your get together. Here are some tips you can use to make your Thanksgiving holiday less stressful.
Plan Ahead. Don’t try to do it all the day before. Planning ahead can make it easier to pull together an amazing meal. Here is a guideline you can follow.
- Friday. Plan your meal and shopping list. If you plan on pot luck, make sure you email or call the people to let them know what they need to bring. Keep in mind dietary restrictions.
- Saturday. Shop for the items you need. Try to make sure you get it all in one trip to avoid return trips to the store.
- Sunday. Enjoy the day with your family. Don’t worry about the day and just relax.
- Monday. Figure out the decorations and place settings. Email or call people who need to bring items.
- Tuesday. Make sure your turkey is thawed. Cut up any veggies and other items. Create your veggie trays and refrigerate them.
- Wednesday. Bake your desserts and other items which can be done ahead of time. Pull out any additional items from the freezer.
- Thursday. Set the table and cook the items you need.
Save where you can. Planning a Thanksgiving meal doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Make sure you check all of your local stores and find the best deals. Don’t forget to clip your coupons to help you save more. It is also important that you do not chase every deal as you will spend more in time and fuel than you will end up saving. It is simplest to select one or two stores and do all of your shopping there.
Avoid alcohol. If you have conflict in your family, alcohol can always make the situation worse. Keep it out of your home and stick with water or tea to drink so that the emotions don’t run high.
Create a seating arrangement. Do Aunt Phyllis and Aunt Becky fight all of the time? Make sure you put place cards at your table so that they do not end up having to sit by one another. This can also help family members sit by someone they normally wouldn’t and keep the conversation going.
Don’t aim for perfect. If you think you want a perfect holiday, you will set yourself up for failure. Simply aim to enjoy the day and you are sure that it will be as perfect as it can be.
Arrive on time. If you are not the host, make sure that you arrive on time, if not early. You don’t want to show up late and force others to wait to eat, nor walk in during the middle of the meal.
Give thanks. No matter what you do, remember that you always have a reason to give thanks. If you don’t have a job, look to give thanks for having a family who supports you. If you can’t be with the person you love, give thanks for being able to spend the day with those who are there with you.
Thanksgiving is about thankfulness, family and friends. If you focus on that, then you are sure to keep the stress to a minimum so that you can truly enjoy your day!