Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Simplify Thanksgiving

How do you simplify Thanksgiving?

Start by cutting back on your cooking.

  • Do you really need a 25 pound turkey? Yes, if you have more than 10 people coming. If not, NO.

  • Do you have to serve turkey AND a ham? Yes, if you have someone over that is allergic to turkey. Otherwise, NO.

  • What are you going to do with all of those leftovers? If you plan on reusing them in dishes for several days after, freezing or donating them, fantastic! If not, why waste the effort and the money to throw away all of that food?

Only invite the amount of people that your home will hold. Why invite 25 people if your table only holds 10? You will add stress to your day by worrying over where everyone will sit.

Make time to eat! Sounds simple enough, right? But, the truth of the matter is that if you are the person doing most of the preparation and hosting then your needs always come last. Believe it or not, your family came to spend time with you, not to critique how perfectly browned your turkey is or how few lumps are in the mashed potatoes. Take time to sit down and enjoy the meal with your loved ones. That's what they'll remember about they day.

Take time to give thanks. Many people forget to do this on Thanksgiving. Remarkable isn't it? Thanksgivings without thanks do occur. Don't let this happen in your home! Set aside a special moment to announce the things you are thankful for in your life. It can be as few or as many items as you like. The quantity is not as important as the thought.

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