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9 Things Only Thanksgiving Dinner Planners Understand

9 Things Only Thanksgiving Dinner Planners Understand

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I am very appreciative of my life and the people in it, and I am proud to live in a country that has set aside a day to be thankful. Thanksgiving allows us to focus on the people in our lives–the people sitting around our table. Here are 9 things only Thanksgiving dinner planners would understand.

1. The appropriate time to have a drink is whenever the cooking starts.

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    Many people use the saying that “it’s happy hour somewhere”. On Thanksgiving happy hour can be at 7 in the morning, because you always cook better with a little wine in your system. Food tastes better with a little wine or booze in it too. Bourbon sweet potatoes, anyone? A cup of white wine inside the turkey keeps it moist. I subscribe to the “one cup of alcohol for the recipe, and one one cup of alcohol for me” technique. This technique is a far cry from being trained in a French cooking school, but it is a lot more fun.

    2. You can never have too many folding chairs.

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      Most tables seat six or eight people. Folding chairs are small and fit in the corners nicely. You can also pair them with the folding table in your garage (it’s out there, probably behind the Christmas decorations). The best people to put into folding chairs are children or guests you may feel impartial about. If you are a guest in a folding chair, you may not be as close to the host as you thought. The folding chair occupant should probably have a plan B location for next year because chances are good you may not be invited back to this house.

      3.  You can never have too many side dishes.

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        Let’s face it.  The turkey is the centerpiece, but turkey does not exactly have the same taste as baby back ribs. Oh sure, I make it more interesting by filling it with white wine, but I am eyeing the sweet potato casserole or creamed corn long before I make it to the turkey. Turkey is the only meat triathletes eat. How satisfying could it possibly be?

        4. If you live somewhere where you can, eat outside.

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          If you live somewhere where you cannot even imagine eating Thanksgiving outside because of weather, maybe you should consider moving. Believe it or not there are states in this country where the weather will be 75 degrees and sunny on Thanksgiving. Eating outside really brings home the giving thanks idea. Thanksgiving is about the first settlers giving thanks for their first bountiful harvest. It is about celebrating our reliance on the land and the land taking care of us. You can really appreciate the land more when you are outside.

          5. If you are eating outside, hang small white lights in the trees.

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            I am talking about the small Christmas lights. They are festive all year long. They really can make an outside space feel warm and inviting.

            6. When all your guests cannot walk around each other’s chairs to get seconds, that’s okay.

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              Our houses were not built to serve a a 12-person dinner. The table will all of a sudden no longer fit in the room where it has fit all year long. People won’t be able to get past the other chairs to bring their plate to the kitchen or to get seconds. Don’t worry about it. In fact if you use my one cup for the food and one cup for me concept you’ll be too buzzed to care. Which leads me to my next point…

              7.  Getting too buzzed to care is the best way to prepare for Thanksgiving.

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                I am not advocating you cook drunk. We use too many sharp knives, hot pans and ovens to be drunk. What I am saying is enjoy the day. Enjoy the cooking, setting the table and even cleaning up. Thanksgiving is about spending time with friends and family, not about everything going perfect. Don’t sweat the small stuff. If the place cards are sloppy or a pie is under cooked, nobody cares.

                8. Food tastes better when you cook with the Macy’s Day Parade on the television in the background.

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                  I don’t know why this is the case. It just is. Maybe the parade creates some sort of mystical occurrence in the kitchen.

                  9. Food tastes better when it is cooked with love.

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                    People can tell when you cook with love. Cooking for and feeding someone is the ultimate sign of love. Without nourishment, people die. When you feed others, you are taking care of them on a very fundamental level. I love to cook. However, I love to cook for my wife and kids more. It is my way of taking care of them and showing that I love them.

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                    How to Overcome Boredom

                    How to Overcome Boredom

                    Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

                    I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

                    If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

                    What is Boredom?

                    We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

                    You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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                    It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

                    If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

                    When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

                    Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

                    If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

                    Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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                    Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

                    In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

                    It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

                    Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

                    Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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                    In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

                    3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

                    1. Get Focused

                    Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

                    You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

                    Here are a few ideas:

                    • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
                    • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
                    • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

                    2. Kill Procrastination

                    Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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                    So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

                    Here are some ideas:

                    • Do some exercise.
                    • Read a book.
                    • Learn something new.
                    • Call a friend.
                    • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
                    • Do a spring cleaning.
                    • Wash the car.
                    • Renovate the house.
                    • Re-arrange the furniture.
                    • Write your shopping list.
                    • Water the plants.
                    • Walk the dog.
                    • Sort out your mail & email.
                    • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

                    3. Enjoy Boredom

                    If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

                    Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

                    So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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