Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Walking into the grocery store, I love to smile at the sights and enjoy the smells. Fall is all things pumpkin and cinnamon. It brings back fond memories of enormous meals surrounded by relatives and lively conversations. Well, maybe a few loud disagreements. I enjoyed being a part of a big Italian family. On one of the social media sites yesterday, a woman proudly announced that her Christmas shopping was complete. Are you kidding? I am not quite ready for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgivings look quite different for me and my husband. Gone are the days of having my boys just for me, now I must share with the in-laws. The holidays were always busy with my family. There were celebrations with mom’s side of the family, dad’s side of the family, my in-laws, or with friends. I am Italian from New Orleans, my maternal grandmother always had spaghetti, meatballs, Italian bread, as well as the turkey. As time changes so do the celebrations. Now would be the perfect time to start a new tradition. Since I was a little girl, my family bakes cookies the week of thanksgiving. I am so happy that my sons still enjoy that tradition. Some years it is a very large event with many friends and some years it is a little more low keyed.
Ready for Thanksgiving
My brother called to ask what everybody was doing for Thanksgiving. I told him this year we were all going in different directions. My sister was taking her children to serve food to the poor and my husband and I are going to my daughter in laws family celebration. I am old school and I love the thought of someone’s home and too much food prepared.
Here are 7 tips to get ready for Thanksgiving:
- Decide where you will be eating dinner at
- Make a call and ask the host what should you bring
- If it is at your house, you should get your home organized and cleaned up
- Decide on a menu, will you cook the family favorites or add something new
- Will you be using the good dishes or paper plates
- Call family and friends to assign food or drink items for them to bring
- Make a checklist and shop for food
Are you ready for Thanksgiving? If you would like assistance in planning your holiday event, contact me. Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Life Coach, Speaker, and Author