What you can do two weeks out from Thanksgiving to make it stress-free

Home for the Holidays

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Thanksgiving is just two weeks a way. For some of us, it’s a day to look forward to.  For others it’s a day to dread? 

Dread?

Why?

Well, Aunt Ginnie and Uncle Bob are coming, so are the in-laws, then there’s Cousin Grace and her tribe of children, Junior’s heading home from college and he’s bringing his new girlfriend, plus Grandma Ruth will be there holding court and judging the day’s events from her throne in the living room. You have to get everything ready for all of that madness, and on top of it, if there’s one holiday where the meal’s the thing, Thanksgiving is it. 

Time is not your friend. Tick, tick, tick. You feel it pressing against you, then stretching you beyond your limits. You have a full time job, volunteer commitments, that test in that class at the community college, a dog to walk, and a house to clean. 

So, what to do?

Turn it into a manageable process one task at a time. Since it is a process, event and cooking experts say to embrace it. Sure, it’s work, but it’s also a way to bring joy to yourself, your family, and your friends. The key is breaking it down and giving yourself enough time to control the process so that you can enjoy the day with your guests when it gets here.

At two weeks out here is what you should be doing:

  • Re-check your menu. Know it. Know what you’ll need to make it happen.
  • Check your pantry and make a shopping list.
  • Buy non-perishable items like canned goods, stuffing mix, and vegetables that don’t require refrigeration. Shop now for a better selection and to avoid crowds.
  • Do a spice rack inventory. Purchase what you need now.
  • Do a thorough house-cleaning. That way you’ll only have to tidy up as you go for the next two weeks.

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, it’s more than just the food. The payoff comes in the process of cooking and sharing. There’s just something about it that’s so rewarding. 

Getting a handle on things is easy enough if you just step back for a moment and assess. Do that, and the rest should fall into place, and that will give you the chance to enjoy the day and the hero of your holiday.

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