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 #5

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 #4

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 #2

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 #1

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!

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