If you’re pulling up a seat to the Thanksgiving table or keeping it virtual, let’s talk about your execution.
Prepare – Do what you can ahead of time. Never underestimate the power of pre-cut vegetables to speed things along.
Think outside the (oven) box
Your cooler is insulated so if you’re running out of fridge space, you can use it as an overflow OR use it as a warmer.
Thermos is great for keeping gravy warm while you’re working on other things
Utilize your slow cooker – You can use it to keep your sides warm like mashed potatoes or mac and cheese or go a little less traditional and skip the turkey. Make your meal a pot roast. Or a veggie burger. Or a pizza. Eat what inspires gratitude.
Delegate – Traditional Thanksgiving calls for a team so pass the ball to your teammates.
Who is setting the table?
Who is cleaning?
Who is keeping the kids or difficult family members entertained / out of the way?
Be sure to enjoy your budget-friendly Thanksgiving
The culmination of your planning and execution: enjoyment.
But there’s more to it than pulling up a chair to eat. Think of ways to enjoy this holiday MORE.
Gratitude has been shown to improve your overall wellness so break out the pen and paper. Whether or not you share it with others, a list of all you are grateful for could be more meaningful than any side dish.
Break bread virtually
With a pot-luck, everyone brings a dish, but maybe you’re honoring the stay-at-home orders. Focus on what everyone can bring to the conversation. Everyone can bring one photo, story, or talent to the video conference. Just because you’re not tasting the same thing, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the same things.
Not into show-and-tell or story time? Try charades.
Drop off Thanksgiving care packages in the mail. Baked goods store well and can be shipped quickly and they’re sure to bring a grin to any loved one’s face. (Concerned about germs? Check out this how-to.)
There’s a lot of fun and opportunity in making up new traditions. What better time to get started, make new memories, and practice gratitude than during Thanksgiving 2020 despite Covid?