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5 steps for a stress-free Thanksgiving

By Carolyn Malcoun, November 2, 2009 - 10:45am

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Carolyn asks: What are your tips to make Thanksgiving less stressful?

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Set the table the night before

Anonymous

10/04/2010 - 8:50pm

I like to be prepared in case someone doesn't show up or forgot to bring what they were supposed to bring. Ice Cream in the freezer, homemade cranberries made earlier, lots of frozen vegetables, etc. This is my favorite meal to make and I do it all. I let everyone else bring wine and hors d'ouvres, or snacks when we play games in the evening.
I love the idea of making the gravy ahead of time with a turkey leg. I never have enough gravy for my large family. That is their favorite.

Anonymous

11/14/2009 - 7:41pm

From a large family, we have shared cooking responsibilities for Thanksgiving for more than 20 years! Those of us 'in town' where my folks are decide on the menu and then divide up the dishes for preparation; the pie and bread and easier side dishes we leave to those coming in from out of town...including flowers, wine, etc.
Everyone enjoys the meal, everyone shares in the cost and no fights break out...

Anonymous

11/05/2009 - 11:07am

I love the idea of a potluck Thanksgiving. We do one every year with all of our friends who can't make it home for the holiday. Everyone brings a dish and the host is only responsible for the turkey, so it cuts down on all of the work for one person. It always seems to work out that there's just enough of everything for everyone.

Anonymous

11/05/2009 - 9:59am

Last year I went to a Thanksgiving where someone brought the gravy! They had roasted a turkey leg and made the gravy ahead of time. What a timesaver when there's so many other things going on and you'd also like to enjoy yourself. Anything that eases the last minute inevitable rush is extremely helpful!

Anonymous

11/04/2009 - 4:36pm

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