A gift of celebrating Thanksgiving early is I get to share post Turkey day epiphanies before your Thanksgiving. I hold a local family party the 2nd Sat of November. I’m not sure why I had so many epiphanies this thanksgiving, but they were popping up everywhere!
Here are 5 tried, tested and wholeheartedly approved
ways to simplify your thanksgiving...
1. Pre Cook your Turkey the day before, debone and then put the meat in oven friendly containers (debone the turkey while the bird is still warm.) This step reduces three stressors: Timing your turkey to be done perfectly and on time, the pressure of carving your turkey and then deboning your turkey when you are done eating. Another option would be to go vegetarian for a shift.
2. Create a Thanksgiving potluck. Everyone gets to be part of the celebration, sharing traditions and discoveries. Plus, you get to try and eat new foods with no effort!
3. Let go of time sensitive dishes, you know the ones: Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. This year I didn't make mashed potatoes or gravy and our turkey was already cooked and deboned! I realized how much stress it was trying to be a hostess while finishing up last minute dishes. I was way more relaxed and got to visit more.
4. Make dishes you will love as leftovers. Food that will give you energy and not wear you down. Food that you will actually eat. I know this seems obvious but it will keep you healthier with no food waste! I like simple, colorful, veggie strong dishes.
5. Make time for your TLC in the am. Before my house filled up, I went for a run/walk. Even with all my simplification I was still feeling a bit anxious. Let's be real, I don't usually have 20 people for lunch. As I ran, my stress lightened and lessened. When I got lighter, I remembered gratitude. I then spent the rest of my run being thankful for my family, for their willingness to give up a Saturday and travel to celebrate with us all. I returned home grateful, refreshed and ready for the day.
And there you have it... 5 tried, tested and wholeheartedly approved ways to simplify your Thanksgiving.
May you and yours travel lightly, be lovingly received and well nourished.