Hosting Thanksgiving on top of trying to manage the swirling chaos of your world is just one more tid bit of joy you’re privileged to experience this holiday season. Maybe you’re stressing the hell out about the running list of groceries you need to secure before the “apocalypse is coming” crowd swoops in and steals your evaporated milk along with your bread pudding dreams. Maybe you’re already ahead of the game and started shopping for most of the dry goods needed earlier in July. Either way, these are the three things you need to know to save yourself a headache, time, and sanity this Thanksgiving.
STOP IT. Stop thinking that just because you’re hosting Thanksgiving that you have to have everything put together yourself. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks, meals, or activities to other members of your family and/or guests on the invite list.
Great! You’re making the turkey, dressing, macaroni, and the “everything casserole” your great grandma passed down to you. Now, all you have to do is spend 45 minutes - 5 hours writing out all the ingredients needed and organizing them into an actionable list. Skip the headache puh-lease… and download an automatic shopping list app. These apps automatically put together your list of ingredients based on the recipes you input. A great app to start with is Plan to eat.
Speaking of apps, did you know that the Walmart and Krogers apps will tell you the aisles your items are on? I didn’t either and to be completely frank, my life has changed for the better. One of the things I very much dislike about grocery shopping is knowing that things change every other week. It’s a scavenger hunt for adults but way less fun.
P.s Let’s add a 4th tip, shall we? Breathe and remember to have fun. Not to get too sentimental or apathetic over the small stuff, but really, at the end of the day it’s just a dinner. The value lies in the people you share it with.