Make sure you have all of your food and ingredients before the day before Thanksgiving. Waiting until Thanksgiving morning to shop for a suitable turkey isn’t the best way to celebrate.
If you have to let the kids help make food, let them help with something small. We don’t know of many four-year-olds who will cook an amazing turkey.
Do not let the whole family help in the kitchen, no matter how much that one family member swears they can cook. Too many cooks in the kitchen is always a bad idea.
Try to not make the food too dry. We’ve all seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Different holiday, but the principle applies.
Keep the dogs outside if they like to snatch food off the table. Again, we’ve all seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
It is Thanksgiving, the one day you do not have to worry about your weight. Today is not the day to talk about “vegan this” and “gluten-free” that, save that for tomorrow when we’ll need the energy to fight off the shopping crowds.
Share the TV! Watch the Macy’s Day Parade, then football games if you must. Of course, you can not forget about the Christmas movies.
Try not to stress about making everything perfect, but sit, eat, and give thanks! The hectic day is almost over.
Decorate as a family and enjoy fighting over who gets to put the star up this year.
Later on, eat leftovers.
Pick your nap spot early because after you eat, the living room is going to look like a trauma unit with all of the family in their food comas.
Eat that amazing dessert you’ve been smelling in the oven for the past 20 minutes.
Eat more leftovers AGAIN.
Say your goodbyes to friends and family. That is if you and your cousins are not spending the night with grandma or your favorite aunt and uncle.
Finally, prepare to shop on Black Friday. (And by prepare, we mean go heavy weight lifting.)