Thanksgiving is right around the corner. You might not realize this if you’ve never hosting a Thanksgiving celebration before, but I guarantee mom is already preparing.
There are so many things that need to go into this holiday’s one family meal.
- Menu planning (and editing, when the guest list changes)
- Grocery shopping (multiple times if we’re being realistic)
- Ordering a turkey (yes, this is a separate task for a lot of moms)
- Hit the liquor store (everyone loves wine and such on Thanksgiving, it’s tradition)
- Home prepping (cleaning out the fridge and freezer to store everything bought)
- Decorating (Thanksgiving is festive!)
- Defrost the turkey (this takes like four days…yes I said four days.)
- Prep all the food and spend all day cooking. (especially if nobody wants to help)
That’s a lot of work. If I’m being specific, that is about a months worth of planning, prepping, and labor. It may seen like a fairly small to-do list in comparison to our normal day to day activities, but it is probably the most stressful holiday for a lot of moms.
The last thing we want, as guests, and sons or daughters, is to see our moms so incredibly stressed out that they don’t enjoy Thanksgiving themselves.
What is the point of working so long and hard to not be able to sit down and enjoy a taste of everything they worked so hard for?
We can help make this a reality.
Show Mom You’re Thankful…Help on Thanksgiving
Here are just some of the ways you can help:
Visit multiple times and help with the menu planning, grocery shopping, and house prep work. These tasks become tedious extremely quick, taking some of the load off will help prevent not only stress but burnout as well. Nobody wants to be burnt out on Thanksgiving three weeks before it actually happens.
Offer to take on a task or two completely, like ordering the turkey or buying the wine. If you have lots of siblings this would be an excellent time to delegate and assign tasks as needed. There will obviously be things only mom can do, so make sure she’s involved…just not carrying all the weight.
Come over the day before Thanksgiving and set up all decor, tables, and help prep the food. In half the time.
On top of all of that, help her cook on Thanksgiving. Talk to her beforehand and make a list of everything she wants you to do…without being in the way.
As an added nice gesture, do something nice for her that isn’t “work” related.
Get her a nice gift, like a bouquet of flowers to be delivered the day after thanksgiving. A simple gesture like this is sure to put a smile on her face and show her how appreciated she is.
If wouldn’t take a lot of planning either because nowadays (thanks to it being 2014 and whatnot) there are Fresh Flowers available online.
Let’s all make a pledge to help de-stress Thanksgiving for mom.
She deserves it.