The thought occurs to me that there are others who may be staying home for the holidays apart from extended family and you might enjoy some hints on making the holidays merry and bright. So in my Monday post next week I'll be sharing some of those hints specific to Christmas with you. Since Thanksgiving is this week, however, I'll share a few hints now for that holiday.
Hints For A Simple Thanksgiving
*By all means create a large meal if you wish but don't feel bad if you prefer to either eat out or order Thanksgiving takout. My husband and I have done both and have enjoyed not having cleanup to do at home.
*Thanksgiving meals don't have to be huge and they don't have to be turkey! While the tv shows and movies always show the huge family gathered around the table with a gigantic turkey in the middle, it's OK to branch out and try different foods. One memorable Thanksgiving 15 years ago we were moving into our present house and actually ate our Thanksgiving meal at Subway! While this wouldn't be my usual choice for the holiday, we certainly survived and we surely remember that Thanksgiving!!
*If you are serving a small amount of people such as 1-3 folks, consider investing in a smaller crockpot. I recently bought a small Crock Pot Slow Cooker and it is perfect for cooking for two! I've used it for two chicken breasts, soup and a small roast and it is fabulous! It doesn't take up lots of counter space and the removable crock cleans easily by either hand washing or in the dishwasher.
*Above all, remember the focus of the day is being thankful. I like to focus on what I have rather than what I don't have. It's easy to get depressed if you are missing family or feeling left out without a large gathering. Making a list, either mentally or on paper, helps me to focus on the many, many blessings in my life.
How do you plan to spend Thanksgiving? How are you counting your blessings this year? I am so grateful to have each of you sharing time with me on my blog! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!
Until Next Time,
I understand how tiring it is trying to go to multiple family members. Staying home for a quiet Thanksgiving is a great idea. Glad you had time to be with family first. Happy Thanksgiving!
These are great tips Debbie! I am staying home, so Thanksgiving for me will be about focusing on my many blessings, and those include my family that I'll be away from. I especially enjoy hearing reports from my oldest son who is a fantastic cook and does the whole meal himself. I've been to his house for Thanksgiving and have those wonderful memories. He sends pictures and I feel a part of it even though I'm over 3 hours away! This year I am choosing to stay home and keep things small and simple. And to be grateful! As Christmas approaches, I do look forward to the music and decorating, just not the commercial aspect that seems to start earlier every year. If we could just focus on what Christmas is honestly about....I have this thought in the back of my mind that one year very soon, maybe next year?, I'll rent a cabin for a long Christmas weekend and we can just be together instead of the gifts, just to enjoy family time and a fun dinner with all our favorite things. I love your fall decorations and your tips on keeping Thanksgiving simple if that is a choice we make. It's my choice this year too! Glad you had time with your family in West Virginia, and no rushing back to work which has to be wonderful! Have a happy, quiet, peaceful and relaxing Thanksgiving Debbie! Welcome back!
Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Carol!!
Have a restful, quiet and wonderful Thanksgiving, Karen! I love your idea about renting a cabin for your family to enjoy a quiet Christmas!
Welcome back, Debbie! I enjoyed seeing your Thanksgiving home decor through your pictures. It seems that our Thanksgiving plans can change from year to year, but your tips are great for any plans. Happy Thanksgiving!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! ~Dazee
We will be spending our Thanksgiving with just the two of us. We do this often. Once in a while I might find a cheap flight to visit my mama but not usually. I purchased a ham from a co-workers child who was selling for a school fund raiser. So I only have to cook some veges.
I like you get tired of being the ones traveling. I love my family and I miss them terribly, but I'm just tired.
I look forward to a calm long weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving, Dazee! Thanks for stopping by.
Thanks for stopping by, Nikki. It's good to know that others enjoy spending the holidays at home like we do! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you get some much needed rest.
This is Marie @venicebeachqtpie. I participated in Katherine’s “Give Thanks” tour along with you talented bloggers. Thank you for sharing your stories of Thanksgivings past, and the anxieties of traveling in wintry conditions that came along with it. I love and appreciate your Thanksgiving tips and how to simplify. Sometimes, simple is really better. I’m learning. I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving!
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