First thing to prepare for is the meal. Even if you think you have everything, there is no harm in double or even triple checking that you have everything you need to prepare your meal. I suggest you do that now, before it is too late. Make sure you have begun the thawing process if you are thawing in the fridge, as it takes days for most turkeys to thaw out completely. Make deserts a day (or even 2 days) ahead of time to save time and stress the day of Thanksgiving. I also like to prepare some side dishes ahead of time and pop them in the oven before the turkey is done.
Try to get as much done before the day as you can so that you are not stressed when the day comes. The day is not about being perfect or making everyone happy. It is about being with those you love and care about and remembering what you have in life and how thankful you are. Even if something goes wrong, remember that it isn't as big a deal as you think and move on.
If you have children around this Thanksgiving, don't forget about them!! They can get a little lost when the adults are busy cooking, talking, and watching tv.
Some ideas are:
- get them involved-let them help cook, decorate, set the table, or clean up
- prepare some kid friendly crafts and make an area that is just for them (craft idea links at bottom)
- if there is a TV free, put on a holiday movie
- give them some magazines and ads and tell them to start thinking about Christmas and what they want (if there is more than one kid they will have something to talk about for hours LOL)
-Disney Family Fun
-All Kids Network
-DLTK's Growing Together
-All other google search results