recipe for a relaxing Thanksgiving

Our family had a VERY relaxing Thanksgiving celebration today.  Here’s how we did it:

  1. Go to church the night before, and have everyone stay up later than normal, eating sweet things at the Pie & Ice Cream Social after church.  Hopefully this will cause…
  2. The children to sleep in.  Curious J slept until 8am!!!  She hasn’t done that in months.  Lyd slept until at least 9am, although she didn’t emerge from her room until 9:30, which is when JJ got up.  I, of course, arose with the baby at 8am.  But still!  8am!  What a treat!
  3. Take a shower while your baby naps.  Allow your older daughter to join you in the shower, which she will love.  Dress yourself in comfy, yoga-style clothes.  Don’t bother to put your contacts in.  You’re relaxing today, remember?
  4. Take it easy all morning.  Put away clean dishes.  Fold some laundry.  Watch the classic movie “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” while you do that.  Introduce your daughter to the fantastic dancing scene in the middle of that movie, which she will like.  Sing “Bless Your Beautiful Hide” all morning.
  5. Make your cranberry sauce early, so it’s ready for later.  Make a small, super-simple late lunch (since half the family ate breakfast really late) of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.
  6. Deal with a small personal crisis at church/school.  (Everything’s okay, but the result is that you’ll be sub-teaching in the grade 2-4 classroom on Monday and Tuesday next week.)  This takes some time, and distracts you from the project you meant to tackle this afternoon, but so it goes.
  7. Play with your kids a bit.  Enjoy your children.  They’re cute.  🙂
  8. Make sweet potato souffle, broccoli-corn casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy in the afternoon.  (Make your ginormous turkey two days previously.  So, all you have to do to get your turkey ready is to take your previously prepared pan of sliced turkey meat covered in turkey skin and turkey drippings out of the fridge and pop it into the oven an hour before you plan to eat.  Voila!  The turkey is done.)
  9. Invite only two guests over for the Thanksgiving meal, and have only one come.  Eat in the kitchen (especially if your dining room has been your husband’s makeshift office for almost the past year).
  10. Eat early, at 5pm.  Eat plenty.  It’s all delicious. 
  11. Put your children to bed.  They’re whiny and a little out of sorts after all the relaxation of the day, so just get them to bed and get their day over with.
  12. Wash your dishes.  (This is not particularly relaxing, but it will be relaxing to have it done and over with.  The dread of having to do all those dishes is worse than just … doing the dishes.)  Ahh.
  13. Sit down at your computer, and write a blog on how to have a relaxing Thanksgiving.

Despite not having family around to get together with on this Thanksgiving, it was one of the nicest and most relaxing Thanksgivings we’ve had in a long time.  Making the turkey on Tuesday was a huge help with that.  I think I will always be making the turkey ahead of time from now on.  It made such a difference.

And no matter if our extended family is around or not, my husband and my girls and I were together.  They are the people I want to be with the most, and any holiday I get to spend with them is a good holiday.

It was a good Thanksgiving.  🙂

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