Getting the holiday dinner together is first task for Thanksgiving and the last task for Christmas. It is the time we cherish as we gather together, talk about the holiday with family or friends, and enjoy traditional goodies usually passed from other generations. Here are some simple ways to enjoy the meal.
Invite your guests early. Most of us are thinking of the holidays just after Halloween. Is it too early to plan? Not at all! As you invite your guests, this is the first step in knowing the numbers for your dinner. AND as you invite, ask your guests to bring an item they can share. It can be something they remember from their childhood or something they can easily cook or pick up. Mindfully delegating the goodies shares memories and work!
Choose your recipes and make your grocery list early. Most ingredients are on sale early on. With your list in hand, you can take advantage (with coupons) of the sales. Plan an area not in the kitchen where you can gather these items before the big feasts. Shop at off hours so you are not in the crush. Take a few minutes to type up the list for the next year and place the list and the recipes in your holiday notebook.
Make preparation a family event! Even the youngest can share in cooking. What gets in the way? Perfectionism! Remember that it may not turn out exactly as Martha Stewart but it will be yummy! Ask your family to do what they do best whether it is baking, peeling, table setting or other tasks. Being together in the kitchen is a remarkable experience.
Sit down together and have a moment of prayer. There is abundant blessing in our homes. Take time to be grateful. Share with your family out loud what are you most grateful for this year.
What works for you in holiday dinner preparation?