Guest Author - A. Maria Hester, M.D.
The holidays are fast approaching and no matter how long in advance we start planning, it never seems to be far enough in advance to give us enough time to do all that we want to do. After all, there is so much to think about. So we do not become overwhelmed, let us focus on Thanksgiving in this article.
Ah yes, Thanksgiving. The day that we pause to thank God for all the blessings He has so graciously given us. Well, this seems to be easier for those partaking of feast than those who spend days preparing it. After slaving in a hot kitchen on our feet for what seems to be an eternity, we women often find it simply a joy to just sit down and relax, at least until everyone finishes eating and it is time to start on part two – clean up.
Here are some helpful hints to make this Thanksgiving a little smoother than usual.
Consider hosting a potluck. You may be surprised to find that others have a special dish they would like to showcase and share in the oohs and aahs from the feasting audience. Simply ask each household represented to bring one dish and let them chose which one they want to bring. So what if you have two sweet potato casseroles? They will be happy and so will you! If some guests have two or three dishes they feel they can make like no one else can, steer them toward a dish that no one else is bringing.
Of course, as the hostess, you should make the turkey and gravy, and perhaps even the dressing.
Give every guest one small job, such as clearing the table after dinner, rinsing the plates or dishes to put in the dishwasher, or even sweeping the floor. No one will be too tired if she has only one task to do, and it will make your day much more pleasurable.
Ask one or two guests to bring drinks or even prepare their favorite punch.
If you opt to host a potluck, start cooking your turkey early enough so that there will be at least a one to two hour period between the time it is done and the time your guests arrive. That way it will still be warm – reheating it could dry it out. Also, this will allow you to do other incidental things with minimal stress.
Start shopping now to get good deals on table ornaments and other beautiful accoutrements to adorn your table. Dress your table the day before the feast. When you go to bed the night before Thanksgiving your beautiful table will be all ready to receive the scrumptious delights the next day.
Find small tasks for the grandchildren to do. They want to feel needed too.
Do not feel guilty about making this Thanksgiving a true family affair. It is simply another way to create cohesiveness and even teach the grandchildren a sense of responsibility in the process.