I’ve been trying to avoid hosting Thanksgiving this year like the damn plague. So when we were all gathered for Halloween and my mom looked at me and said, “Are we coming to your house for Thanksgiving?” why didn’t I just say no?! Why! Everyone knows, I don’t cook turkey on Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is one of the rites of passages for a new mom, it seems. For 28 years, I enjoyed going elsewhere to eat delicious turkey and mashed potatoes. Now that I’m in the busiest season of my life, suddenly it is my problem and I really don’t like it. Cooking is not exactly one of my top skills. Despite the fact that I do manage to feed my family, it’s just not something I enjoy.
Why I don’t cook turkey on Thanksgiving
We moved into our house in February 2013, my daughter was 3 months old and I had just gone back to work from my (short) maternity leave. By the time Thanksgiving came around that year, I was maxed out. But being the overachiever that I am, of course I took on Thanksgiving dinner for my entire family.
As I started to plan, I immediately ran into a hiccup and it was not my lack of cooking skills (that’s what Pinterest is for, duh!). We had to spend the afternoon of Thanksgiving with my in-laws, so how on earth was I going to have a full meal ready by 4pm at my house? I made an executive decision. There would be no turkey.
Let me tell you, this was not a hit with my family. They still talk about the Thanksgiving that I made crock pot roast beef instead of turkey. People, it was really good roast beef, what the heck?
I’m going to break this down for you. I am not a superwoman. I really didn’t have time to prep and make a traditional Thanksgiving meal so I did the best I could. I still made a meal with many sides, geesh!
It made me chuckle when I read my fellow working mom, Christie’s, post the other day about Thanksgiving Tips for Working Moms. Her first tip: Buy a turkey!
My response to Christie’s 6 tips
1. Order a Thanksgiving meal.
I’d love to! I’m clearly failing at this working mom thing since I didn’t think of this before and then pass it off as my own. Genius Christie, simply genius!
2. Avoid Black Friday retail.
Who are you? I don’t think we can be friends anymore. Black Friday is a national holiday. Hell hath no fury like a working mom who doesn’t get her one shopping day in a year! (Editor’s note: There’s always Cyber Monday for those who prefer to avoid Black Friday madness.)
3. Get a gallon of lemonade from Chick-fil-A.
The nearest Chick-fil-A is exactly 1 hour and 37 minutes from my house. No, Google didn’t tell me that, I’ve timed it myself. Three times. Rub it in some more, why don’t you!
4. Paper plates.
I feel you on this one.
5. Put up your Christmas tree.
I’m Type-A and need to be in control, so this is basically like a mini-therapy session. Christmas tree on Thanksgiving it is this year!
6. Watch movies and relax.
Said the lady who didn’t cook :)!
Now I bet I didn’t help cure your overwhelmed self with any helpful tips today. You have two choices, add lots of wine to your Thanksgiving shopping list or follow Christie’s advice, she’s got this one figured out like a #GIRLBOSS!