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 more Thanksgiving tips for working moms?
- With eight Thanksgivings’ worth of experience as a working mom, Susan shares her best Thanksgiving tips and recipes to make your holiday more fun, less stressful.
- As a hard-working mom, you deserve to enjoy a guilt free Thanksgiving. Here’s how to kick back, relax, and have fun with your family over the long weekend.
- Worried about potential flareups at Thanksgiving dinner? Sara offers general strategies for coping when the family drama level starts to rise.
- Have a laugh or two with this humorous Turkey Day advice on handling a house full of guests, sweet-potato-casserole-high kids and a 50-pound bird with style.
6 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Tips for Working Moms”
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.
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.
I made crock pot roast beef because it was so much easier and my family almost disowned me! Great tips Christie!