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Organizing For Thanksgiving Day

By November 4, 2010

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The leaves have fallen, the Halloween sugar binge is nearly complete and Starbucks is  serving the eggnog latte in holiday-themed cups. This can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  Like most Americans, I cherish any holiday that combines thanking people with eating large amounts of carbs and sitting on the couch. Finally, a holiday all about relaxing! Except for the person on whose couch you have camped out, aka, the Thanksgiving Day host.

The Thanksgiving Day host is tasked with the following:

  • Cooking;
  • Meal planning and scheduling;
  • Extending invitations; and,
  • Decorating

Not too mention the role of  designated referee for the inter-family squabbles that often break out during the holidays over hard-hitting topics like whether or not to strain the gravy one last time, add sausage to the stuffing or who sits next to whom at dinner. That's a lot of organizing. Luckily, we're here to help.  Organizing For Thanksgiving Day provides hosts with a list of tips to make Thanksgiving Day go as smoothly, and festively, as possible.

Previously on...Holiday Time Management:

5 Really Good Reasons to Send Holiday Cards
How to Organize Holiday Cards
How to Organize Your Holiday Gift List

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November 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm
(1) Jen Rick says:

I love my friend Donna. She served Stovetop on Thanksgiving for her in-laws. I was kind of surprised as us upper middle class types tend to pride ourselves on Martha’s made from scratch stuff. But her response was simple- everyone likes Stovetop! Her in-laws were surprised, but she was cooking.
I did the same when hosting my fam the next year. Why kill ourselves???

November 5, 2010 at 11:32 am
(2) personalorganizing says:

Jen, I love this topic! I agree that everyone likes Stove Top and Thanksgiving is nothing if not a “Give the People What They Want!” holiday.

There’s definitely a time savings involved in canned or boxed foods.

What about canned gravy?
Canned cranberry?
Boxed mashed potatoes?
Frozen pies?

I’m OK with boxed stuffing and canned gravy, and actually prefer the canned cranberry, but don’t try to serve me boxed mashed potatoes or a frozen apple pie! I’ve taken over the mashed potatoes for the past two years of Thanksgiving and Christmas for the Larkins, and found a way to work kale into the recipe (Kale and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes), but the pie needs to be baked by Mom.

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