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Thanksgiving for Kids

Is there any other holiday in this country that is more centrally focused on food and family? Not that we can think of, just from glancing at the calendar. Problem is, there’s a lot of build-up. You spend all day working on the big meal, and getting ready for the relatives. By the time the appointed hour of the feast rolls around, there’s so much pressure on getting the timing of the food exactly right, and having everyone sitting down at the same time, and not having someone freaking out because some gravy accidentally touched his turkey, and… [deep breath] Can you tell we’ve been there?

This year our resolution is just to enjoy the time. If a wonderful meal happens, great. If the kids won’t go near the stuffing, we’re going to let it slide. If there’s a food disaster, that’s OK too, because we know it’ll be one of those things we laugh about for years to come.  We want it to be a special day, but we’re going to pretend in our minds that it’s just another meal, if that is what it takes to help set a more relaxed tone for the celebration.

Here are a few more things you can do to enjoy the day.  You can print out this last-minute shopping list from Parents magazine to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything. You can check out these three No-Bake Thanksgiving Appetizers (Mini “Pumpkin” Cheese Balls, Smoked Salmon Pinwheels, and Creamy Pumpkin Pie Dip) from Kitchen Simplicity. You can set up a few of these Thanksgiving crafts from Disney’s Family Fun to keep the kids occupied. You can let the kids help with the leftover pie crust by making these Pie Fries from Jersey Bites. You can see if anyone is interested in helping you make these Tiny Thanksgiving Dinner cupcakes. You can just put out these food tips for grandparents without further comment. And last but not least, please remember those who are hungry, especially the children.

No Friday Food News Wrap this week; we’ll be enjoying time with our family and we hope you will too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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