Busy people need to plan ahead to eliminate stress from their hectic lives. Planning is not always easy, but it pays off at the end of the day. Let’s make a plan or set up a calendar for the upcoming, around-the-corner Thanksgiving holiday.
Here are seven Thanksgiving planning tips for busy people, to cut out stress, make time for fun, and be ahead of the game:
Busy Folks Thanksgiving Planning Tip:
1: Start now. Thanksgiving is on November 24th this year, late in the month, giving us a few more days to get ready for it. Make a weekly planning calendar.
2: Enlist help from others. Use compliments when asking for help. “Your pumpkin pies are better than anyone’s. Would you bring one?” That way, you aren’t the only one getting the compliments on the food. Share the glory.
3: Decide on the menu. Ask each family member which item they especially want, but try not to have an overload of items…simplify and negotiate. Our stomachs can only hold so much food. Strive for what can reasonably fit on a plate.
4: Make a pot of stew or soup to freeze for those busy nights when you need a healthy meal but the schedule has filled up. Let it get to room temperature, then warm on low on the stove and serve with a boxed cornbread recipe or just buttered toast and celery sticks.
5: Make a shopping list, and divide it up into your weekly shopping trips so as not to have to spend it all at once. Get staples first, freezer foods next, turkey whenever you find it on sale; fresh foods the last week.
6: Prepare desserts and side dishes that can be frozen and that fit into your freezer this week. Utilize that stew on baking night so you don’t consume your pies =)
7: During Thanksgiving week: Get hired help to clean the house. Tuesday: Clean out the refrigerator to make room for Thursday’s food. Make chilled sauces, cover, refrigerate. Chop onions, celery, herbs, etc., cover, refrigerate. Take bird out to thaw. Wednesday: put dressing together in dish that will be used to bake, cover, refrigerate. Clean grill to be used for extra heating. Get out serving dishes, wash. Set table and arrange chairs.
On Thanksgiving Day, get up early, put Tom or Tomasina in the oven and go back to bed. The day should be relaxing because you’ve done your work ahead of time. Be sure to enjoy your family and count your blessings. That’s the whole point. To give thanks.
Written by: Ruby Holder Moseley, Rust Built, Marketing Services