Thanksgiving is Almost Here-Are You Stressed?

Thanksgiving is Almost Here-Are You Stressed?

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It’s that time of year again – Thanksgiving is around the corner! How are you feeling? If the start of holiday season is stressing you out, consider the following tips:

  1. Set the tone for your style.
    Casual and relaxed is just my style- when I try to do a party that is fancier than what I am comfortable with stress becomes my middle name.  I get so worried about appearances and spend way more money than I planned. Worse, I give off a stressed out vibe to my guests!  Be who you are – welcome others into your home with sincerity and warmth and your gathering will be a success by any standard.
  2. Do as much as you can ahead of time. 
    Make a menu and a list!  I don’t know about you, but I love checking items off a list.  I feel so empowered when I do this!Consider serving menu items like cranberries, mashed potatoes, and desserts that all can be prepared ahead of time, so all you have to do is heat them up the day of and focus on your main course. Check this out for some great menu ideas:http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-techniques/thanksgiving-timeline-checklist
  3. Choose Healthy!
    Healthy Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be an oxymoron.Consider a brown or wild rice stuffing, fresh string beans, whole roasted squash or pumpkin! Cauliflower mash is a great alternative for a low carb option on Thanksgiving. The recipe below:http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/248887/creamy-mashed-cauliflower
  4. Ask for help.
    My family’s tradition of one person (my mom) hosting the whole gathering has changed over the years.  My parents and my kids are getting older, so we have started a new family tradition. Now the kids help to bring a dish and pick a chore to help out Grandma (who still likes to host!).  Ask for help – you might be surprised that people are more open to change than you think.Here is a printable chore chart to help you get started:http://everydaydishes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/TASKLISTrev.pdf
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