7 Tips to Gather Responsibly This Thanksgiving!

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is a week away…. It’s crazy. For most of us Thanksgiving will look a bit different this year. It might be a bit smaller, a bit sadder, it might be missing some important people, and if you are following California’s rules, then you might be freezing your butt off outside for dinner.

I don’t think most people are following the rules and guidelines for Thanksgiving, but if you truly are worried about this years Thanksgiving… here’s some tips to remember going into next week.

  1. If you haven’t done so already make sure you quarantine for 14 days before visiting your family. Especially if there will be elderly people in your house, or those with pre existing conditions that tend to be more susceptible to Covid 19.
  2. If you haven’t been quarantining… I suggest you start and get a Covid test ASAP! No later than Monday and that could be pushing it. Although I believe they have some rapid test now in some areas… Don’t know how accurate those are though. Most tests results get back to you within 3 days, but there have been an increase in people at the testing locations, so hopefully they can keep up. A Covid test is going to be the most secure and reassuring way to spend time with your family during this holiday season.
  3. If you’re truly scared and worried about bringing Covid home, then opt for a zoom Thanksgiving. ( I know a few families who are doing that this year). You can try to make it memorable, and interesting, whether you all get take out and eat together or maybe play a game.
  4. Be sure to practice social distancing when you are around your family.
  5. Be sure to be open about what to expect. Talk about if you want everyone to wear mask, communicate with how you’ve been feeling the over the last week, and really listen to your body for those of us who might be silent spreaders.
  6. If you really want to exercise caution, and people didn’t get their Covid test or quarantine for 14 days, then you can always keep Thanksgiving closed to you and your immediate household. Thanksgiving for two might not be the ideal way to spend such a large family holiday, but it’s best to keep an open mind and make the best out of the situation.
  7. You can always bring the heaters out, dress warm, and gather outside as well to reduce some risks… If the weather permits.
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Gather responsibly! Eat and be merry! Don’t forget the pie!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Xoxo, Bri

Taking on Thanksgiving: A Full Proof Way To Maximize Family Bonding

Where did 2019 go? I cannot believe Thanksgiving is days away. I hope all the singles out there have found someone impressive on Hinge, to bring to their thanksgiving feast. Don’t worry, they probably wont be there next year, according to my experience… but at least you can avoid the lingering family judgement on why you are still single.

The holidays are such a fun time, because it brings the family together, well forces the family to get together. It is also the best excuse to drink, and holiday drinks are delicious. Apple Cider Sangria anyone? The holidays can be stressful, because if you are anything like me, then you have to make an appearance at multiple households. As I’ve gotten older, I have come to the  realization, that pleasing everyone is impossible, therefore, we should all just stop stressing about making the holidays perfect. 

This year I have decided to host Thanksgiving on my mothers side. So that they are on my terms, and I control the narrative. That is not to say I will be miserable doing all the work in the kitchen, but I will be the head chef of all my minions. I rudely took over Thanksgiving this year, because most of my mothers family does not cook. I honestly do not know, how they survived all these years before I took up cooking as a hobby.

Last year, they ordered Thanksgiving dinner from Save Mart, all of the food was grey and no one ate it. There wasn’t even enough alcohol in the house, to save us. This year my mother said she was making Italian food… I do not know what holiday she thinks this is, but we can eat spaghetti any day of the week. I had to tell her NO, we are not boiling water for Thanksgiving. I had no choice but to take over, so that no one was forced to starve or die from food poisoning.  

I started off this years Thanksgiving preparation, by making a punch bowl invitation. I invited everyone and their friends, and I sent out a google doc with the menu, as well as a sign up sheet for deserts and drinks. Now here’s the thing…I do not plan on being overwhelmed making turkeys and what not all day, so here is how you kick Thanksgiving off for maximum family bonding time. 

Step 1: Send out invitations

Step 2: Make a menu

Step 3: Make a grocery list, and go grocery shopping in advance for all the items you need. 

Step 4: Buy wine, lots of wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages

Step 5: get everyone matching aprons so you can be cute

Step 6: Organize the shit out of Thanksgiving-prep the night before

Step 7: Drink wine while cooking

Step 8: Have fun games handy for everyone to play(white elephant, pictionary, what do you meme, cards against humanity)

Step 9: Print out a quiz for everyone, that tests their Turkey Day knowledge and provide a prize. 

Step 10: Ask everyone to bring a white elephant gift

Step 11: Don’t forget your Thanksgiving playlist. Music makes life better.

Okay. When I say organize the shit out of Thanksgiving I mean make a menu, print out the recipes, and set up stations in your kitchen and delegate the tasks to different people. See I delegate my tasks based on age, and competence. I have my sister in law making pies, I have my brother making the side dishes, I have my younger sister setting timers, I have my other brother doing prep work. And I am the finishing touches on all the items/ head chef. I also make the big dishes, like the turkey, ham, and roast.

This may sound anal, which it is, but I am making the kitchen my bitch this year. It will be a learning experience for everyone, and they will all feel a sense of accomplishment. Only after hours of me telling them that they are doing everything wrong. It will be great! But no one will be slaving in the kitchen by themselves this year to put out a feast for the ungrateful masses. We will be playing games, drinking, singing, all while attempting to not chop our fingers off together.

And that my friends is how you take on Thanksgiving for maximum bonding time, and minimal stress. Delegate and do not procrastinate! Enjoy and Relax. Maybe have a first aid kit ready, it’s always good to be prepared. 

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving!