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How baby boomers can survive Thanksgiving Day with their relatives

How baby boomers can reduce Thanksgiving stress

As a boomer consumer, I’m sure you’re able to think of times when you’ve experienced Thanksgiving stress. With the big day coming up this week, you may be recalling some of those memories.

Most of the Thanksgiving dinners I prepared turned out great, and I had fun making them. However, I do have memories of trying to figure out how to get the turkey thawed in time for cooking, being tired after making pies the night before, and serving soggy stuffing.

Here are 10 tips to reduce Thanksgiving stress:

  • Invite fewer guests.
  • Go over the menu and simplify it.
  • Ask your guests to bring side dishes and desserts.
  • Plan your shopping ahead of time so that you aren’t rushing to the stores at the last minute.
  • Buy prepared items for part of the menu, for examples, pies.
  • Ask family members and guests to help set the table, cook, and clean up.
  • Practice relaxation techniques.
  • Plan games or activities that everyone will be able to enjoy together.
  • Drink water or fruit juice rather than alcohol.
  • Plan a nice treat for yourself and your family the day after Thanksgiving, such as a movie or walk in the park.

Here are more suggestions for Thanksgiving stress reduction:

 “Reduce Thanksgiving Stress in Three Steps” – InformativePost

"15 Simple Tips to Help You Reduce Stress and Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Dinner" AddSpace

“How to Cut Down On Holiday Stress With a Simple Holiday Meal” – About.com

“Stress Management Techniques and Practices” – About.com

“10 Tips to Avoid Thanksgiving Stress” – Strength for Caring

For more Thanksgiving information for boomer consumers, see tomorrow's article on "How Baby Boomers Can Survive Thanksgiving Day With Their Relatives."

Copyright 2008, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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