Holiday Self-Care: How I’m Putting Family First During Thanksgiving (& Not Cooking!) by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
I’m sure I’m stating the obvious when I say that the holidays can be stressful. They’re stressful in different ways for each of us. For me, my husband will be working on Thanksgiving. He will likely get home after 6 p.m., though it’s hard to know for sure.
I’ve never cooked a turkey before (our mothers usually host, though we’re too far from home to travel this year). Everyone who knows me well knows that I’m not a good cook and don’t enjoy it. Even if I attempted a traditional Thanksgiving meal and avoided disaster (and that’s a BIG if!), it would be hard to time everything right, not knowing for sure when my husband would be home.
So I’ve made a decision: I’m not going to cook! My sons and I are going to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, something we missed for years because we usually spent the morning in the car, traveling to see family. We’re going to eat lunch at home and then go to the movies, something we never would have considered in the past. Then when my husband gets home, we’re going to go out to eat. The more I think about it, the more I love this low-key, low-stress, family-centered plan!
What are you doing to minimize stress this holiday season?
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