Keep the Spirit Going

Remember, the main goals for any holiday gathering are to have a terrific time with family and friends so you can make lasting memories!

Here are some of our top tips to take you through the rest of the holiday season: 




  • PREPARATION IS KEY: if you can pace yourself, doing a little bit every day, you will be enjoy the process and be less likely to miss a step.


  • SIMPLIFY: not every holiday can be perfect, it’s okay if traditions skip a year here or there. The most important part of the holiday is to be with your loved ones.


  • RELAX AND ENJOY: remember, the holiday is about the WHOLE family, including you. Take a break and let everyone lend a hand.




  • HIRE A HOUSECLEANER: if your home is clean, you’re more likely to feel better about inviting people over or hosting the occasional drop-in guest. Holidays are all about surrounding yourself with friends and family – so don't let a dusty table get in the way!


  • ORGANIZE A GIFT-WRAPPING STATION: set up a table in your home where everything you need for wrapping is easy to access. You can place baskets with supplies like tape, ribbon, string, gift tags and scissors, and gift wrap fits perfectly next to the table in a large round waste paper basket.


  • HAVE A SNACK STASH: purchase a few "party food” ingredients to throw together a quick appetizer and stock up on hot buttered rum mix, or better yet, make your own! You never know when you'll need an emergency snack.




  • DON'T OVERTHINK GIFTING: buy the same gifts for a group, stick to a theme, and if you’re going handmade, don’t go overboard with options. Always remember this rule of thumb: the more thoughtful a gift, the less you have to spend.


  • FIT IN THE FUN: if you’re not enjoying it, you’re missing the point! If you’re feeling stressed, skip baking sugar cookies and take an evening walk to look at the neighborhood Christmas lights. Take along a hot buttered rum, or pick up a peppermint mocha on your way.


  • MAKE NEW TRADITIONS: especially for younger couples, or those without kids, it can be hard to blend all of your old traditions. Instead, try making new ones! Host a tree-trimming party the weekend after Thanksgiving, buy each other funny Christmas sweaters to open on Christmas Eve and wear on Christmas Day, or make a point of visiting a mall or senior center when they have carolers scheduled. The more fun (and less serious), the better!
Keep the Spirit Going

holiday dinner game planner

Take the hassle out of holiday meal planning with our quick and easy Game Planner. Input your menu and our quick and easy tool will give you a schedule to prep, cook and serve up your meal like a pro.

When's Dinner?

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Thanksgiving Game Plan

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Start time Step prep/cook time  
... Prep turkey (stuffed) (unstuffed) 30 min. X
... Cook turkey (stuffed) (unstuffed) min. X
... Prep pie 45 min. X
... Cook pie 60 min. X
... Prep stuffing (cooked outside of turkey) 30 min. X
... Cook stuffing (cooked outside of turkey) 45 min. X
... Prep sweet potato casserole 45 min. X
... Prep mashed potatoes 20 min. X
... Prep roasted squash 15 min. X
... Prep green beans 15 min. X
... Prep sauteed corn 10 min. X
... Prep sauteed peas 5 min. X
... Prep salad 15 min. X
... Prep biscuits 20 min. X
... Cook roasted squash 45 min. X
... Cook sweet potato casserole 45 min. X
... Cook mashed potatoes 40 min. X
... take Turkey out to Rest 30 min. X
... Prep whipped cream 10 min. X
... Cook creamed Spinach 20 min. X
... Cook sauteed Brussels sprouts 20 min. X
... Cook gravy 15 min. X
... Cook biscuits 15 min. X
... Cook green beans 15 min. X
... Cook sauteed corn 10 min. X
... Cook sauteed peas 10 min. X


KELSEY BANFIELD – food writer and founder of the blog The Naptime Chef – is the author of the cookbook The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food into Daily Life. Her writing has appeared in Parents, Babble, and Martha Stewart Living, among others. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and two young children. Learn more about Kelsey.

KIM DEMMON is the face behind Today's Creative Blog, where she shares ideas for home decor, crafts and recipes that inspire her. Also a fitness teacher and thrift store fan, Kim lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and their dog, Maybelline. Learn more about Kim.

BECKI SINGER is a writer, stylist and founder of Shopping’s My Cardio, the ultimate online guide to life with style. Becki will be your shopping coach, sharing her expert tips on finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Learn more about Becki.

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