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One week from today, we will be gathering around the dining room table, sharing our appreciation with loved ones and indulging in a delicious meal that we look forward to all year long.

Unfortunately, for all of your hosts and hostesses out there, they already know that there is a lot that needs to be accomplished in the next seven days.

Lions Pride thinks that Thanksgiving should bring along as little stress as possible, that’s why we’ve put together a preparation checklist with the help of Real Simple.



To put yourself in a good place before the big feast, start planning your meal this weekend. You probably already have an idea of what side dishes and desserts you’d like to prepare, but now is a fantastic time to complete a full inventory of what you already have on hand. Create a list and act like Santa Claus (check it twice!) Consider dividing your shopping list into two trips to the unwanted stress that comes with forgetting something the first time around. Make your first trip to the grocery store.


Prepare all chilled items such as cranberry sauce and salads. Cover the dishes and place them in the refrigerator until Thursday.

Today, you’ll also want to determine when you need to start thawing your turkey. Typically, you’ll need to allow about 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds. Write a note or set a reminder if you would consider yourself to be the forgetful type.


Complete another quick inventory and take your second trip to the store. Once you have all of your essential items, wash your herbs, chop up the onions and celery and trim your remaining vegetables – pat them dry and refrigerate.

You can also begin assembling the stuffing and make the dessert. Begin thawing your turkey if you haven’t done so already.


Today’s the day. Begin roasting your turkey and cooking your side dishes. When the turkey is done, make the gravy and assemble any last-minute sides and warm any dishes prepared the day before.

Lastly, sit back and count all of the blessings in life!


Remember that you are only one person. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends and family. Many will be happy to prepare a dessert or run to the store for a forgotten item. They want you to enjoy the holiday, too!

We know that a lot of work goes into Thanksgiving Dinner, but with a little extra preparation, you’ll be able to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving Preparation from Lions Pride!