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Tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving CelebrationThanksgiving is just around the corner. It is one the most meaningful and joyous holiday season of the year as it celebrates tradition and family togetherness. However, preparing for this wonderful event can be very tiring and stressful because of all the work associated with this. Having a strategy or plan is key to help you manage your stress.

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Here are some tips on how to make your Turkey Day Celebration stress-free:

Make a list
Make it a pot-luck event
Shop ahead of time
Cook your specialty
Choose food wisely
Arrange the table the day before
Defrost turkey
Enjoy and relax

Make a list.

With all the things in your mind, it will be very difficult to remember everything. It will be helpful to come-up with a list of all the things that you need to do to help you get organized and prepareThanksgiving celebration. This will help you get organized and avoid forgetting anything.

Make it a Pot-luck affair.

With the increasing cost of food and other grocery items, the most practical way is to go pot-luck. Ask or assign each guest to bring one dish or dessert. A good idea may be to create a list of food, drinks, desert and utensils, and have each item assigned to avoid any dish of the same kind.

Shop ahead of time.

Shop as early as you can. Avoid last-minute grocery-shopping to beat the crowd, otherwise you will be stuck in long lines.

Cook your specialty dish.

Use your best recipe or a recipe you know by heart. Try not to prepare something new unless you do a trial run several days in advance to make sure that it is delicious.

Choose food wisely.

It is advisable to choose dishes that can be prepared or cooked in advance. It will be very stressful if you try to cook everything on Thanksgiving day. It will be ideal if you can cook the food you will service ahead of time so you can enjoy the spending quality time with your family and friends during the celebration.

Arrange the table the day before.

To avoid stress on Thanksgiving day, set the table the night before.

Defrost your turkey.

Be sure to defrost your turkey several days before Thanksgiving day. Otherwise, your Thanksgiving Feast will not be complete! Keep in mind that when thawing turkey, it will require 24 hours of thawing in the refrigerator for every 5 pounds.

Relax and Enjoy.

After a lot of preparation and planning, you deserve to have a good time with your family and friends. Spend quality time with your loved ones and be thankful for all the blessings you have received.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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