By Abbie Cornett
Thanksgiving is meant to be a day of giving thanks for what we have. Unfortunately, all of the hype surrounding this food-centered holiday can make it stressful. This is particularly true for those who suffer from a chronic illness.
A perfect holiday isn't about how the table is set, how the wine is selected or even how perfect the food is. A perfect Thanksgiving should be about being with the people we love and giving thanks for what we have. To make Thanksgiving a perfect day, let go of expectations. This is not as difficult as you might think. Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure everyone has a great day:
- When planning the holiday, don't try to do everything yourself; this is a perfect day to delegate. People love to feel included, especially children. Assign everyone a job — from the oldest member of the family to the youngest. It doesn't have to be difficult, but every little bit helps.
- Don't try to do all the cooking yourself. Make it a potluck dinner, and have everyone attending bring one dish.
- Plan ahead, but be flexible. This means making sure you have a backup plan in case you or a family member is not feeling well enough to cook.
- Don't buy into cultural norms! Feel free to make your own traditions. If you are not well enough to cook or you don't like turkey, order pizza or Chinese.
Thanksgiving can be a stressful time if you forget the reason for the holiday. Take time to remember it is about being together and being thankful for the lives we have been given.