13 Nov 2017

Put The Thanks Back In Thanksgiving

For some people, Thanksgiving is a wonderful family holiday filled with loved ones, fantastic home-cooked food and heartfelt anecdotes. For others, Thanksgiving is that one stressful family holiday filled with relatives you only see once a year (for a reason), food that’s bland to cater to everyone’s food allergies, and the inevitable social/political arguments.

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While we can’t control food sensitivities or keep your uncle from complaining about taxes, we can help you eliminate unnecessary stressors and steer your holiday into becoming more meaningful.

First, let’s start with the good news:

Your house was built to entertain.

If you live in Reunion, your house was built for hosting a big Thanksgiving dinner. Every kitchen is decked out with top-notch appliances, large kitchen islands, and big great rooms for all of your guests to gather comfortably.

In addition, Reunion has parks and trails that are perfect for an afternoon walk before (or after) Thanksgiving dinner. Use this time to get everyone out of the house so you can focus in the kitchen or use it as an opportunity to spend quality time with a distant relative.

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Now we have suggestions on how to keep stress levels low and success rates high during this family holiday:

1.) Make a “Thankful Tree”

Thanksgiving is more than just throwing on elastic waistband pants and feasting on virtually every single food group in one sitting. So help put more focus on what Thanksgiving is really about – being grateful for what you have.

Before the holiday, get your kids (and even your spouse) into the spirit by creating a “Thankful Tree” on the side of your refrigerator or on a hallway wall. Cut out colorful pieces of paper in the shape of leaves (or use Post-Its). Have everyone write one thing they’re thankful for every day, and then attach it to the tree with magnets or tape. Encourage your guests to add to the tree as well.

2.) Budget both time and money

If you’re hosting a holiday dinner, don’t feel like you have to do everything. It’s okay to ask guests to bring a side dish. It’s also okay to borrow dishes, pots, and pans from friends or neighbors. Try preparing food in advance and stick to simple recipes, such as these Apple Pie Cups – a dessert that only requires two ingredients!

And don’t feel like you have to break the bank to throw a successful Thanksgiving gathering. With careful planning and budgeting, you can avoid the stress of overspending. Buying mass amounts of food for a large family can run up the tab, so maybe keep the decorations on a low budget. You can even find inexpensive decorating ideas and craft projects for kids at the Dollar Tree.

3.) Keep kids connected

When you have a lot of family members over, chances are the kids will be constantly underfoot. While movies and video games are a helpful distraction during the rest of the year, you probably want your children actually getting to know their cousins and other family members.

You can always send the kids and a responsible adult over to the Rec Center to burn off some energy. Or you can help them create fun and humorous family memories with these handy craft projects or these Thanksgiving Party Games.

We hope these suggestions help de-stress your big day and create a more family-centric occasion. We appreciate having you as part of our Reunion family, complete with happy Reunion memories, and wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

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