Halloween is over and the next holiday on the list is Thanksgiving! This holiday is best known as the pilgrim holiday where the Indians and pilgrims got together and gave thanks for their crops that year! It’s unsure if this is a myth or a true story but it’s definitely something that has gotten us to say thanks at least once a year.
How can we prepare ourselves for a great thanksgiving? Well, of course save money for black Friday! Everybody loves black Friday but you know, that’s not the purpose of Thanksgiving. The purpose of Thanksgiving is to get our families together and have a big feast, say thanks and be with our loved ones.
You would need to first determine what you are doing for the 4 day holiday (if you don’t get a full week off) and if you are staying in town or going out of town. Once that Is determined what you need to do changes based on what your plans are.
Suppose you are staying in town, the next thing is to decide who is coming to spend Thanksgiving with you. You don’t have to make a full meal yourself, a great thing to do is to invite people you know that don’t have a place to go and set up a potluck meal!
Spending a lot of money on a turkey might not be your ideal way to spend money for the holiday but if somebody else is willing to bring the turkey so be it! That’ll help save money and feed everybody without having to have turkey sandwiches all the way to Christmas.
Having a big meal is only part of the fun, there’s always a football game on during the day. Growing up my favorite memory was my parents inviting people over to watch the game while the turkey cooked and my sisters and I got to cook a part of the meal, which helped us be a bit more patient about eating!
Once you’ve determined whom you’re inviting, determine how the meal will be served and what kind of activities you guys will do during the day/evening. If you’re going to eat during the day it could be as early as noon and as late as 8 or 9 pm depending on when you get the turkey in the oven.
If you’re vegetarian, having stuffed tomatoes is a great substitution. If you’re not sure what you want to serve, keep your mind open, there are many different kinds of food that can be considered a part of the day.
One way to add an extra spin to your meal is to be creative. My parents used to serve pheasant as another kind of meat that we’d eat. My sister loves acorn and butternut squash soup. Use this time of the year to be creative and festive. It’s only one of two holidays a year that we have an excuse to stuff ourselves full of food! (That is only if you do that for Christmas too.)
The very last thing to do is just let go and de-stress. Have a great day and enjoy the company. It’s not often we get time off to spend time with family and enjoy the beautiful autumn weather!