The 5 Day Thanksgiving Countdown Plan

The 5 Day Thanksgiving Countdown Plan

A 5 Day Thanksgiving Planning Countdown is the easy way to get ready for hosting Thanksgiving dinner a day at a time. Plus Thanksgiving is the start of the five-week holiday season: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. One thing I like most about it is the Bonus days we get celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday and still having three days of vacation after it!

Saturday is Day #1

Clean the house by vacuuming and doing the laundry. Clean the bathrooms and kitchen, so they are ready for cooking and company. Shop for Thanksgiving foods. Now your home and kitchen are clean and ready.

Sunday is Day #2

Eat up and clean out the refrigerator one shelf at a time to make room for Thanksgiving turkey and pies. Gather tableware such as napkins and centerpiece. Write your menu and times.

Monday is Day #3

Grocery Shop for Thanksgiving foods. Plan when to defrost your turkey.

Tuesday is Day #4

Make your favorite Apple or Pumpkin Pies today and other baked goods. Do a quick household cleanup of putting clutter away. After all, you want to relax on Thanksgiving, too!

Wednesday is Day #5

Time your menu for tomorrow on paper starting with the Serving Time in mind. (ex: Turkey in the oven at 6:30 a.m., mashed potatoes peeled at 10 a.m., appetizer preparation at 11 a.m., vegetables started at 11:30 a.m., etc. and eat at 1 p.m. Set the table and bring out your serving pieces with a note of what goes on each one.

Thanksgiving Day!

Shower and dress for a great day. Turn on the Macy’s Day Parade on TV, serve a light breakfast, and enjoy family and friends. After dinner go for a walk together, play football, or take a nap. Enjoy a TV special or play some games at night.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

P.S. Be ready for every aspect of the Holiday Season from table setting and decorations with Simplify Your Holiday Season planning book.

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Every Monday night in November and December is sure to get you organized ahead of time and ready for all the upcoming celebrations. It every Monday for teaching, sharing, accountability, and easy ideas to stay on track.

The Holiday Class includes November & December Monday Holiday Coaching Classes, Private VIP Facebook Group, January 1-1 Personal Follow-up Call with Marcia. The Monday online class will keep you on track and ready for Christmas early!



  1. Monica Taylor November 19, 2012 at 6:41 am - Reply

    For 10 years I haven’t done much cooking at home…and especially not serve Thanksgiving dinner. Have always been invited elsewhere. Now it is my turn to bless someone else. Inviting eight to join us on Thanksgiving Day. Your book Simplify Your Holiday Season, and these tips are a blessing helping me organize and prepare for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal!

    • admin November 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      So happy to hear my book helped and you invited a tableful of guests at Thanksgiving! How did it go? You are now ready to use the same menu or alter it for Christmas.

  2. Monica December 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Our Thanksgiving meal was a huge success! It all went so smoothly. I especially like having the serving dishes and serving utensil planned for what was going in them. Made it easy. Had offers of help for putting the food on and it was easy to tell them what goes in what. Everyone enjoyed the food and fellowship! I had help with the clean up with time to relax afterward before needing to lead out at another function. 🙂

    • admin December 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      That’s great Monica that you had the meal planned, how people would help, and then had time to clean up and relax. Well done! Company is the best motivator for getting organized. And we’re left with a clean home and great feeling for doing so! Keep hosting people monthly. You’re a pro!

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