10 Things You Must Do Before Thanksgiving Besides Panic

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There's absolutely no way I could be writing a "Thanksgiving To-Do List" because Thanksgiving is still two months and a few days away, right? WRONG. A quick glance at the calendar will confirm your worst nightmare: There's only 17 very short, very hectic days -- practically 2 weeks! -- between right now and the biggest food holiday of the year.

So what does this mean for you? Well, if you're hosting dinner this year, then you have one of two choices: You can have a complete nervous breakdown ... although, while tempting, there's still that giant holiday to deal with. A better idea is to take a deep breath and start preparing for the big day. Here are 10 things you should do right now before Thanksgiving.

10. Decide what you're eating already! This is the worst time to be indecisive. Either go the traditional route with an over-sized turkey (see above photo), or opt for one of our outrageous turkey alternatives.

9. Finalize the guest list (although, be prepared, that if you choose one of the crazy alternates above, not many people will want to come).

8. Delegate, delegate, delegate. In a ideal situation, everyone will bring the Thanksgiving dinner to you!

7. Get a massage. What? That sounds frivolous and maybe not the best use of your precious time? It's the most stressful time of year. Priorities, people!

6. Stock the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry with basic items you know you will need in the coming weeks. Some suggestions include: butter, olive oil, flour, sugar, and cranberries.

5. Stock the liquor cabinet. This should go without saying any time of the year.

4. Buy out all the pumpkin ASAP. It's highly unlikely that the East Coast pumpkin shortage will affect our pie consumption this year, but you can never be too sure.

3. Repeat #4 with pecans. Thanks to drought in the South, there may be a run on pecans, too.

2. Make Buy pie crusts.

1. Admit defeat and make reservations. Just kidding! I promise, if you start now you will be in great shape by the time Thanksgiving Day rolls around.

Are we jumping the gun by starting this early? When do you typically start getting ready for Thanksgiving?


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Leele... Leelee1008

No, not jumping the gun at all. 17 days away is insanely close. but I basically know what were haivng, I have my pumpkin, and cranberry sauce, so I have to make a list of the other stuff we need

dixie... dixiegurl223626

I dont cook much for Thanksgiving because we usually visit people, so I dont have much to worry about.

ChicH... ChicHippie

We keep several cans of pumpkin on hand at all times. I went adhead a bought all of the ingredients I needed during our last run to the store. I'm all good! We're having turkey and dumplings, yum!

ashjo85 ashjo85

This is still purely in my mother and grandmother's purview. :-) My panic days will come, I'm sure, but I'm still a ways away from that.

nonmember avatar dg

We don't have family in the area. My work does not permit me to travel during the holidays. So number five is high on our list. :o)

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I have my menu planned and I just went out to buy a few dishes that I need. Still need to write my cooking time line and of course do the whole cleaning and setting up thing but I'm organized. Definitely not delegating though, I hate it when people bring dishes to my house. I'm perfectly capable of cooking dinner even when it's two appetizers, two entrees, four sides, three condiments, and three desserts thank you very much!

Saman... Samanthamommy

I don't ever panic. It's all about fun.

Deb Ammer

I've been making lists and picking stuff up at the grocery store for weeks. 10 - 12 people for dinner - you gotta have a plan!

Melis... Melissa042807

We're not hosting actual Thanksgiving, but we're hosting a turkey dinner the following weekend for all our friends. But we have it worked out so the only big thing we're doing is the turkey. Everyone else brings a side and we're covered! We even use disposable plates and utensils to minimize cleanup. My kitchen ain't that big. And I'd rather spend time with my friends than cleaning up. 

nonmember avatar Monzie

The Husband and I have gone to the Indian buffet for the past few Thanksgivings. I highly recommend it. Great food, nothing to clean up, and no stress whatsoever!

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