It’s Turkey Time: 4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Thanksgiving Celebration
The holidays are nearly upon us. Before you can trim the tree or light the Menorah, it’s time to get your THANKFUL on. Thanksgiving is on the way and you want everything to be just perfect, from your home to the food and the guest list. Just don’t forget to take some time to be thankful along the way.
Planning ahead can help you be in-the-moment when the actual day arrives. Here’s some helpful advice for getting the most out of the holiday.
1. Make a guest list
Many of us spend Thanksgiving with the same loved ones each year. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s okay to open it up to others, as well. Can you think of someone who will be alone on the holiday? Or a family that’s struggling financially? Think outside the box about how you can share your bounty with your “regulars” as well as some others who need a little boost this year.
2. Plan your menu
Give yourself plenty of time to decide what dishes you’ll prepare. And you’ve already made your guest list, so you’ll know the amounts needed for each recipe. Go ahead and start shopping for non-perishable items as early as you can to take advantage of sales – and so you don’t have to buy everything in one ginormous shopping excursion.
Remember to take your guests’ special dietary needs into consideration as you’re making the menu, too. If you really want to get a jump-start, prepare any dishes that can be easily frozen. You’ll take some of the burden off of yourself on the actual holiday.
3. Get your home ready
If you’ll have overnight guests, make sure there are clean linens in the bedrooms and fresh towels in the bathrooms, as well as any other amenities you’d like to offer. It’s a good idea to make sure your guest room is stocked with essentials like bedside lamps and boxes of tissues. The week leading up to Thanksgiving is a great time to give the house that deep clean you’ve been putting off.
4. Enjoy the day and count your blessings
Once the big day arrives, you’ll be busy with cooking, eating, and visiting. Soak in the time with family and friends, but don’t forget to take a moment to be thankful for what you’ve been blessed with.
Many people take time when everyone is gathered around the table to have people share what they’re thankful for. Whether you do something formal like this or not, keep a spirit of thanksgiving at the forefront of your mind throughout the day.
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