Family Circle - - FRONT PAGE - By Cather­ine New­man Pho­to­graphs by Johnny Miller

It’s kind of like the Su­per Bowl of hol­i­day host­ing—lots of hype (plus some drama and trash talk) be­fore the big game. This year, the or­der of the day for Thanks­giv­ing is to chill. Ev­ery­thing you need is right here: recipes you can eas­ily adapt for picky pref­er­ences, guid­ance on how to deal with dif­fi­cult guests and sullen teens, and words of wis­dom on the fine art of not mi­cro­manag­ing. #grat­i­tude

You have so much to be thank­ful for, in­clud­ing—at least ac­cord­ing to the on­line En­cy­clo­pe­dia of Grat­i­tude— Na­tional Parks, Ge­orge and Ira Gersh­win, cen­tral heat­ing, shoot­ing stars, the love of a grand­par­ent, farm­ers’ mar­kets, vol­un­teers, freshly fallen snow, old friends and Lu­cille Ball. And don’t for­get fam­ily! Oh yes, your picky, opin­ion­ated, al­ler­gic, wine-soaked, tur­key-stuffed and beloved fam­ily. You wouldn’t trade them if you could—and any­ways, you can’t. Sure, host­ing this par­tic­u­lar hol­i­day meal may or may not make your short list of ev­ery­thing you’re most grate­ful for, but you’re host­ing any­way, so make the best of it. Be­cause the truth is host­ing of­fers nearly lim­it­less op­por­tu­ni­ties for grat­i­tude: We’re to­gether; there’s food on the ta­ble; we’re safe for now. But it’s not al­ways easy, the be­ing thank­ful and feel­ing thank­ful, when you’re up to your el­bows in the tur­key and your in-laws are fret­ting aloud about the pump­kin pie and why it looks like that. Don’t you crimp the crust with a fork? You don’t! But you could! You will. Next year. For now, you’re just do­ing your best.

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