Thanksgiving is tomorrow! My to-do list is a mile long. I’m trying not to freak out but honestly I am a little bit. Thanksgiving and the day before are two of my busiest days each year. I cook the whole meal for my in-laws and husband and I do so in a tiny kitchen.
Even when you plan very well Thanksgiving can be overwhelming. And all to often we have surprises that can make the day very stressful.
Thanksgiving should be a day to enjoy friends and family and not a day to be stressed and overwhelmed. The most important thing to do to reduce Thanksgiving stress, is to breathe and give yourself grace. The day doesn’t need to be perfect. Every recipe doesn’t need to look like it could be in a magazine, it’s okay if the glasses don’t all match, and no one will care or likely even notice that your oven isn’t clean. Well, assuming it doesn’t set off the fire alarm but even that is just a funny story to tell at future Thanksgivings!
So that’s what you must first remember but here are other things that can also help reduce your Thanksgiving stress.
Reducing Thanksgiving Stress
Last Minute Cleaning
House still a wreak or have some surprise guests coming over? Start with the most important things first, get dishes done, clean the bathrooms, and pick up clutter. Also get the other members of your household to chip in! And if you have rooms you can close off, don’t worry about them unless you have extra time. You can also check out 10 Minutes to a Spotless Home this Holiday Season for more tips.
Last Minute Food
Maybe someone got sick that was bringing a dish. Or maybe you just forgot you needed more food. It can happen but don’t freak out. There are some easy last minute side dishes (homemade biscuits are my pick for a easy side dish), desserts (or try these easy cookie recipes) and my heart goes out to you if last minute you found out you need to cook the turkey but if you do here are some tips on how to cook a turkey.
Last Minute Entertainment
Forget to come up with entertainment ideas or maybe you didn’t even know you were hosting until the last minute? Honestly guests can normally entertain themselves so don’t worry too much about this one but if you have the time check out these fun game ideas, Thanksgiving printables for kids, and this cute Thanksgiving cootie catcher.
Last Minute Beauty
No idea what to do for your hair or makeup? Check out these 7 videos that will help you find the perfect holiday look. Remember though, if you don’t have time for the perfect look it’s okay! A happy you is far more important and people care about spending time with you, not how awesome your hair looks.
Make your to-do list, keep it as short as possible, ask for help, and take a deep breath! And of course, remember what’s important tomorrow. I hope everyone has a wonderful and stress-free Thanksgiving! I’m very thankful for all of you.
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