7 Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Amidst The Covid 19-Pandemic
Thanksgiving is meant to be a fun and relaxing holiday that leaves you with a renewed sense of appreciation for your blessings. In between the cooking, planning, and getting your home set for the holiday, a stress-free thanksgiving is a myth for a lot of people.
Yes, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that has created a new norm where social distancing, wearing of mask and regular washing of hands has become the new order of the day, it is still possible to pull off a stress-free thanksgiving.
Here are the top 7 tips for a stress-free thanksgiving.
- Stick to a menu: Food is at the center of thanksgiving. If you can plan your cooking and all related activities well enough, you can greatly reduce your thanksgiving stress. Planning a menu is a great way to deal with thanksgiving cooking stress. At about two weeks to the holidays, begin to figure out your menu. Research recipes and choose meals that will make up your menu. You should be sure of the number of guests you will be receiving and plan the groceries you will need. Creating a proper thanksgiving menu will save you both cooking and serving stress.
- Make a to-do list: The menu covers your cooking and cooking-related activities. A to-do list will cover every other activity towards the holidays. Make a to-do list way ahead of everything. This list will guide all forms of preparations you need to make for the holidays. Be sure to make a list as comprehensive as possible.
- Keep your table simple: Your goal is a stress-free thanksgiving, and your table setting will determine whether you will be able to achieve the goal. Instead of an elaborate setting, go for something simple and basic. Should you choose to go with an elaborate table setting, give yourself enough time to get the table ready. You can set the table a night before.
- Shop early: Do all your shopping as early as possible to avoid all the stress associated with rush shopping. You can start shopping for canned food and produce much earlier. You can leave shopping for perishable produce to much later. For every product, give yourself a good time to shop and prepare accordingly. Remember to shop extra for one or two unexpected guests.
- Make your serving pieces ready: You want to confirm that your serving pieces are ready before the day. Confirm that your spoons, forks, plates, and other pieces are readily available. Make a list of all the available pieces against the expected guests on time so that you can make up for any insufficiencies. You should also confirm that your appliances are in good shape.
- Go with simple appetizers: Simple appetizers will reduce the stress associated with preparing the meals. Your guests will also not be filled up with the appetizers before the main course. Prepare simple appetizers and keep them away from the kitchen to reduce kitchen traffic and all forms of the associated stress.
- Ask for help: Asking for help is a simple and highly effective tip for having a stress-free thanksgiving. Asking for help keeps you organized and effective. Instead of trying to do everything on your own, seek help. You can choose your favorite cooking task, for example, and ask for help for other tasks from friends and family.
Finally, admist the coronavirus pandemic, a stress-free thansgiving is achieveable, all you need is to work with the top 7 tips listed above.
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