Thanksgiving Tips for Working Moms

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Y’all thought I was gonna give tips on cranberry sauce and whatnot? Puhlease. This momma doesn’t do a lot of robust recipe exploration because I work. And that’s OK.

Here are six Thanksgiving tips for working moms who don’t have time to Pinterest it out.

1. Order a Thanksgiving meal.

Girl, why are you running yourself ragged trying to do it all? Staaahhhhp the people pleasing. #LetItGo and let Kroger do it for you. Or any other grocery store or restaurant in your area. Seriously, it doesn’t cost a fortune and saves you time with your family and friends. I guarantee you my kids don’t care if mommy cooks the turkey.

2. Avoid Black Friday retail.

Go cyber shopping instead. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to sleep in, because that doesn’t ever happen in our house, but it is amazing to wake up at a normal time, versus 3am to get in line for deals, and shop online. (Or just wait for those Cyber Monday Deals.) Best. Thing. Ever.

3. Get a gallon of lemonade from Chick-fil-A.

Just because that stuff’s the bomb. So, give thanks for CFA and amazing lemonade.

4. Paper plates.

My family recycles. We care about the environment. But I also love my cute Thanksgiving paper plates from JoAnn’s. You can use your nice plates on Thanksgiving Day, but for leftovers use paper plates. Nobody wants to be doing dishes during the holidays.

5. Put up your Christmas tree.

I love Christmas, and it’s too much work decorating to enjoy it for only a couple of weeks. So yank out the tree and decorations and make it a party with your kids. They’ll have a blast putting up the ornaments, unless you’re Type A and need to control that for OCD purposes.

6. Watch movies and relax.

The holidays are stressful when they should be a time of laughter, reflection, and blessings. So, don’t get caught up in the hype and buy, buy, buy. Get some good movies and relax.

Enjoy Thanksgiving this year. Sure, you are “the mom” and want to make it nice for your family. But “the mom” is also part of that family, so try to experience it with them. Any investments you make into purchasing meals and ensuring your time is spent with them, you’ll yield a huge return in memories for years to come.

Want to actually enjoy your Thanksgiving this year? Follow these low-stress Thanksgiving tips for working moms who don't have time to Pinterest it out.

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Christie Gibson

Christie Gibson is a working mom and writer. During the day she does a bunch of creative stuff in Corporate America. Her debut novel comes out June 2016. Christie’s road to motherhood was like the rest of life, hard, but she wouldn’t change that journey or the perspective it brought her. Being a working mom makes her a better mom, period. Google+

6 Comments

  1. Totally going to put the tree up on Thanksgiving! Thanks for the permission! Last year I bought a “turkey in a bag” from Target. Literally – unwrap and roast. Boxed stuffing, store-bought pie. It was perfect!

    • Hahaha. That’s how I roll. Telling people what to cook for dinner, and when to put up their Christmas trees.

  2. Great tips, Christie! I’m all about going to other people’s houses for Thanksgiving. I’m happy to being sides and desserts, but handling a whole turkey freaks me out!

    • Thanks, Kristi. My husband does the turkey. I do the sides. But yes, I agree, going to other people’s homes is the way to go.

  3. I made crock pot roast beef because it was so much easier and my family almost disowned me! Great tips Christie!

  4. […] 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 […]

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