Thanksgiving – How To Finally Get it Together!

Most of us have completed our shopping for the big day tomorrow.  That’s just the beginning of the whirlwind that will no doubt begin tonight!  Whether you are serving five or 25 guests, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is a lot of work.  In many cases, it is usually closer to 25.  It make take the first few years of hosting this special day to realize that you will never enjoy the dinner if you single-handedly served it.  It was at this point of realization that the author, S. Merrillcame up with a plan to get all the guests involved with the process, which makes everyone feel at home and a part of the family.  She delegates jobs that she doesn’t really need to do herself (and because the jobs are small the kids don’t mind them either), spend a little time with everyone in the kitchen (so that you don’t feel like you never got to see some people by the end of the night), and finish the day with enough energy to really be thankful!

The plan is simple:

  • Map out every task from putting water in the glasses to serving dessert (see list)
  • Choose a guest to complete each task.
  • Choose a task manager to rally little taskers and remind older ones (this keeps you focused on dinner rather than running around).
  • Post the list so all can see it.

Since this plan was formulated, iMOM has come out with the Holiday Helper Cards which are great to use with your kids for prep before the guests arrive.   And last year our family tried the Sharing Your Heart at Thanksgiving story cards and unanimously voted to make it a tradition every year.

Many of us are hesitant to ask our company to help because we want to serve them; but you will most likely be pleasantly surprised at their willingness to help.   They are already appreciative that you’ve prepared a feast to share with them!  Let them do a little to lighten your load for the day.



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