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Have a happy -- and stress-free -- Thanksgiving

Tips for making the most of the day with the least amount of stress

by Lylah M. Alphonse  |  7884 views  |  1 comment  |        Rate this now! 

4.) Do the prep work in advance. There are many, many wonderful side dishes for which you can do most of the cutting and chopping and measuring ahead of time.

5.) Don't sweat the decor. I'm sure I'm not the only one with no time to decorate. You can create a lovely tablescape with a scattering of small pumpkins or gourds, a big bowlful of shiny red apples, a cluster of tapered candles, or even a vase of brightly colored (fake) fall foliage.

6.) Keep it simple. If you're feeding a large group of people, consider having a buffet rather than a traditional sit-down dinner. Don't knock yourself out with complicated appetizers; a plate of great cheeses and different types of crackers, bowls of spiced nuts and salty olives, or slices of a savory bread are just as good.

7.) Stick to a schedule. Is planning ahead stressing you out? Relax... we've done it for you. Check out Work It, Mom's Day-by-day Thanksgiving planner for the 10 days leading up to Thanksgiving.

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Lylah M. Alphonse is a journalist, blogger, and mom and stepmom to five kids. She is a Senior Editor at Yahoo! Shine, writes about juggling full-time career and parenthood at The 36-Hour Day here at Work It, Mom!, and blogs about everything else at Follow her on Twitter: @WriteEditRepeat.

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  • I try to always have a stress free and Happy thanksgiving. I was born on Thanksgiving so I know at least one Thanksgiving that my Mom didn't have to cook. Sometimes my Birthday falls on Thanksgiving- but not this year. My Dad was born 2 days after me- so he would have a Thanksgiving birthday some years too. We usually celebrate Thanksgiving with my oldest daughter and her family but this year- he husband wants to go to his sisters house out of state so that means it will just be the 4 of us here - no one extra- no company. We had the last few years went to their house and they order Thanksgiving Dinner from the Bellagio Hotel complete with Butternut squash soup. I think the Turkey, the soup was my favorite. It was nice not to be responsible for the cooking and most of the clean-up and getting the house ready too. So I'll always love Thanksgiving for many reasons- but this one just doesn't feel as special as it should.
    So no good tips- just start getting everything ahead of time- even your house.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by eileen b on 16th November 2008