|Written by Beth Weston|
Intro: Before you know it, summer is over and we are jumping right into Halloween with a quick slide into Thanksgiving and Christmas. It can swarm around you in a blur if you are not organized through the holidays. As Turkey Day is fast approaching, you should be on the ball with your preparations for the big day!
Step 1: Week 1: Decorate your house. The first week of November should be spent putting up any decorations you might want to put up for Thanksgiving. Orange lights on your door, festive decorations and changing out blankets and pillows in Fall colors are a great way to get in the holiday spirit. Add a pumpkin spice or cinnamon candle's scent wafting through the air and you'll be floating your way to a plate of turkey.
Step 2: Week 2: Make a list and check it twice ... wait, that's the wrong holiday ... but seriously, make a list of who you plan to invite to Thanksgiving at your house. You can also plan activities for the day, as well. Sure, most men want to sit back and watch football, but it's not a pre-requisite to the holiday. Think about taking a bike ride, going to a park, playing cards, playing board games or the WII, watching movies ... anything to bring your family together on this day.
Step 3: Week 3: Decide the menu. Sit down and think about those people who have agreed to come to your house for Thanksgiving. Consider if they have any food allergies or special diets and work your menu plan accordingly. You might also want to research online for different ways to make a turkey. Some people get really creative! Consider which dishes you want others to bring and ask them to do so.
Step 4: Week 4: Turkey Week! If you have organized yourself like I have suggested, the only thing left is to clean your house and cook your food. Once you have gotten that far ... sit back, relax, enjoy! And, let the men do the dishes!! Ha Ha!
Tips: If you don't have time to bake a pie or cake, consider buying one from a store or restaurant. Many times they are better than yours!
Warnings: Don't take everything on yourself. The fact is that family and friends close enough to come to your house for a holiday should also be close enough to pitch in and help.