The holidays are coming….
That’s right ladies. Let’s take a minute to let that sink in before we contemplate exactly how we’re going to survive the Thanksgiving feast whether your hosting or just attending someone else’s. The end of the year is nigh. I know what you’re thinking. Where has the year gone? Honey, I feel ya. I don’t know how my child is 19 months old. He’s sleeping in a toddler bed and going to preschool! The year has flown by, and we’ve all grown so much. You have too! When we start prepping for the holidays, though, we sometimes forget everything and just try to power through it. I don’t want that to be you. I want you to be prepared and thus able to really enjoy yourself.
Where do I start?
I want you to start by writing down your favorite traditions for Thanksgiving. Do you like to get up early and watch the parade? Do you enjoy drinking beer and watching football after the meal? We all have our favorite parts. We have loved them since childhood. It’s important to remember those things when we start planning our entire holiday season and our Thanksgiving meal. You should allow yourself the time to enjoy those little pleasures. You deserve that.
Obviously getting to participate in all the things you love takes planning. It’ll also take a lot of asking for help and grace. I know it can be hard. I mean we’ve all been well trained in the aspects of doing #allthethings, but I promise that asking for help doesn’t make you a bad person.
How can I best manage Thanksgiving?
- Set your timeline around what is most important to you
- Delegate to members of your family
- Prep the meal ahead of time
- Get others to bring a dish
- Avoid people and conversation that make you feel awkward or bad
If the most important thing to you is watching the parade, I suggest having dinner instead of lunch. The football game definitely makes it more of a lunch time activity. Of course if you really just want to spend time with your family then set the time for earlier in the day and serve apps before the meal.
You husband and children can do a lot of things. My son is great at peeling the shell off of eggs, which is great since deviled eggs are a HUGE part of the meal for me and my family. My husband has the patience for the turkey. I personally love focusing on dessert, but I’m pretty great at casseroles and side dishes. It’s a win/win for everyone.
Ladies and gentlemen this is the real deal here. You can make casseroles ahead of time! You can even cook them! Yeah, you heard me right. Casseroles are easy to warm day of in the oven so go ahead and get those suckers made a few days before. Also, you can precut your ingredients for other dishes and mark them. You’ll be so glad to spend less time slaving over dishes on Thanksgiving day.
This is the easiest way to make sure that EVERYONE has something they’ll love to eat. There is always the kid that won’t anything except mac n cheese. Let his parents bring his favorites!
Deflect and avoid
Just like this. Seriously just get on that Adele! No really, you can avoid these conversations by steering clear of things that you know will trigger them. You can also avoid these conversations with a seating chart that breaks up the conversation. Also….wine!
This is your how-to survive Thanksgiving post. I honestly have a great holiday planned with a trip to Hawaii this year, but Thanksgiving is great every year. You just have to plan ahead and know your priorities and be intentional!