THANKSGIVING SURVIVAL GUIDE
PREPPING, COOKING, HOSTING, ENJOYING
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.