Are you ready for the holiday rush to begin? With Halloween (if not the effects of the Halloween revelry) now behind us, it’s time to focus on the upcoming season. Thanksgiving is just two and a half weeks away, meaning Christmas and Hanukkah are right around the corner. Get ready for crowded shopping malls, bare shelves in the supermarket, twinkling lights, and kids' lists for Santa.
Do what you can early – it helps to have a checklist to stay organized. Print these handy checklists that start with Thanksgiving and take you straight through the holiday season. If you are planning to travel for Thanksgiving, make a checklist of the items you want to bring so you don't leave anything behind. If you haven't already booked your flight, do that now. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, so save yourself the stress of trying to find a flight last-minute.
If you plan to stay home this Thanksgiving, start decorating – especially if you plan to host Thanksgiving in your apartment. Even if you aren't, decorating will get you into the spirit of the holiday – and it's fun!
Bring the kids in on the decorating process by giving them a craft project. They'll enjoy making something special for Thanksgiving and showing it off to guests. And if you enjoy craft projects, be sure to get over to your local craft store now and start working on that amazing throw/centerpiece/wall hanging/wreath!
Start planning your menu – even if you aren't hosting Thanksgiving, you probably won't want show up empty-handed, so ask your host or hostess what you can bring. Making a dish from scratch will give you bragging rights, so don't be afraid to attempt something new. Since you have a little time before the holiday, you can test out your recipe prior to the big event and make any changes you decide are necessary.
If you are hosting Thanksgiving, start planning your menu and your seating arrangements – especially if your apartment is on the small side. Make a list of what you'd like others to bring. More often than not, your guests will ask if they can bring something – don't pass this opportunity up, even if it is to just ask for a bottle of wine or some dinner rolls. If you make a list of what you need beforehand, you won't end up with four green bean casseroles. Don't think it's rude to ask guests to bring dishes – it is perfectly okay (and often expected) to make Thanksgiving more of a potluck celebration.