focusing on the food preparation, cleaning up and your stunning table scape, focus on making meaningful connections.
Why not gift everyone at the table the chance to truly settle into meaningful conversation where there is laughter, relaxation, and dare I say, even healthy debate.
I am not saying that you have to dump all the planning and creativity out of the equation. I am only saying maybe you pull back on it all having to be “so perfect” because honestly sister- it’s just never going to be!!!
Do your best to be mindful of conversation, and choose to be a good listener. It puts everyone at ease and creates space for vulnerability and for people to feel heard and understood.
Another thought is to allow your children (kids, tweens, young adults etc…) to play a role in the cooking and let loose a bit. I know what all my serious “cook friends” are thinking.. ‘if I let them help cook, the food might suck.’ Kidding! But, here’s the good news… perfection isn't necessary for you and your family to have a nice Thanksgiving. Keep your sense of humor! And, remember that striving for that Instagram-worthy holiday spread will only stress you out and will eventually lead you to a “I hate my family” holiday moment!! Another quick thought is to forgo cooking all together and order ahead of time from a local restaurant. God knows small businesses need us now more than ever before!