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November 22, 2011

Tips for a less stressful Thanksgiving

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Yesterday, I did a radio interview with life coach Marsha Dean Walker. We discussed ways on how to keep Thanksgiving stress to a minimum. If you’d like to listen, you can hear the interview at BlogTalkRadio. My portion starts at the 31 minute mark.

I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving for my family for the last ten years. When I first started, I had all kinds of Martha Stewart fantasies about how to host the “Perfect” Thanksgiving. I quickly learned that perfection is not reality and that if I wanted to enjoy Thanksgiving, the best thing to do is to let go. Trying to control everything and make things perfect is a recipe for disappointment. These days, I do my best, ask for help, then let the cards fall where they may and Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.

More tips to cut Thanksgiving stress

– Ask for help with the cleaning or cooking. Don’t try to do everything yourself.

– Cook the main course and ask guests to bring the side dishes and desserts.

– Do your shopping a week in advance and lay the items out in the kitchen grouped by dish so you will know right away if you are missing something.

– Don’t go overboard with side dishes. Quality is better than quantity. Stick
to the basics.

– Portion control – Only cook enough food for the number of guests you will
have. At, you can tweak recipes based on how many servings you need.

– Never, ever, ever try out a new recipe without testing it first.

– Instead of spending money on an expensive centerpiece and placecards for your table, make your own using fall leaves, twigs and/or pinecones you can get for free. Kids love helping with stuff like this.

– Relax. Sit down. Have a glass of wine. Talk and laugh with your guests. Life is too short to sweat the small stuff.

Do you host Thanksgiving? What do you do to keep the holiday relaxed and stress-free?


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