Monday, November 21, 2011

Are You Getting Stressed? Thanksgiving Week Part 1

Happy Thanksgiving Week!  Yes, really!

Okay, some of you may be getting a little stressed at this point. Thanksgiving is but a few days away.
First, take a deep breath. Now, go take your turkey out of the freezer. Put it in the refrigerator to thaw slowly and safely.  Now, get yourself a delicious drink; and, put on some relaxing music if you like.  Pandora has some great Christmas music.  Sit down with paper and pen right now and think think think.

We have a lot of control over how much tension we have in our own minds over holiday dinners. Planning is so very important. Here are some ideas that might help you:
Start with today.

Plan your meals for each day from now until the end of the weekend. Try to use the food you have on hand as much as possible to save your money for special items you will need to celebrate. Plan for a few impromptu snacks as well.  Write this out for every meal. Then make a list of every item you will need. 

Now, ask yourself a few questions. 
Where will you be for Thanksgiving?  Will you be providing the meal?  Bringing something to a dinner?  Traveling?  Needing snacks for the car?  Candles?  Decorations?  Jot down any notes you might need.

When you're done with all of this, you should have a shopping list. First, shop your pantry and freezer. Check off what you already have. You should be left with a shopping list. Check it twice and add anything else you need.
Now, plan to go to the store as soon as possible. Take your list!

Tomorrow I'll share my week's menu and my shopping list.

God bless you and de-stress you!

Laura
Happy at Home
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Loving the Holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas

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11 comments:

  1. Thanks for all the great tips on making the Thanksgiving less stressful...I love all the great ideas and all the things I usually forget,.I am a new follower of yours and I will be back again, come on over for a visit, would love to have you...

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  2. Thank you for your kind encouragement, Phyllis. I will come by for a visit.
    Autumn Blessings,
    Laura

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  3. Thank you so much, Laura. I loved what you said about God blessing and destressing! Praise His name! Much of our stress comes from trying to do it all...and all on our own, when His loving arms are outstretched to lighten our load. "Oh, what peace we often forfeit, oh, what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry, EVERYthing to God in prayer." I enjoyed coming by here today...as always. God's peace be with you during the blessed Thanksgiving season, and every other day as well! Love, Cheryl

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  4. You are so very right Cheryl. May God bless you and destress you this holiday season.
    Laura

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  5. It can be so stressful this time of year so your advice is great! Thank you for linking to TTF!

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  6. I am visiting from Fellowship Fridays. I saw the title and said, "Yes. I feel the stress." Thank you for your words. I do need to do some planning. And I know that will help make the manic of the next week less manic.

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  7. Thank you so much, Linda. I enjoy your blog.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Laura

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  8. Cheryl,
    He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in Him, whose thoughts turn often to the LORD.
    Have a great week!
    Laura

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  9. Cheryl,
    He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in Him, whose thoughts turn often to the LORD.
    Have a great week!
    Laura

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  10. I have everything planned but still need to take a deep breath. AND...I am going to take my turkey out of the freezer NOW!! I really needed that reminder!!

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  11. Did you take that turkey out, Judith?
    ~smile~
    Don't forget calming music and a candle burning to help you relax as you work. Keeping our focus on Christ and our family helps, too.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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