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Thanksgiving Survival Plan

article posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, November 27th, 2013

turkey Oh Thanksgiving dinner. Perfect decor, moist turkey, and hours spent around a table sharing love and laughter. Well, if that sounds familiar, then can I come to your house?


Thanksgiving is a time to be with friends and family and to give thanks for all we have but many find this holiday to be wrought with stress and family drama. Whether is it the desire to provide the perfect meal, a room full of democrats and republicans together for an extended period of time or the frustration of deciding which football game to watch. Very few of us have the perfect Thanksgiving Day get together but it doesn’t need to be perfect, just aim for relaxing and maybe even fun.


Here are a few tips for making this Thanksgiving family get together a memorable one, and I mean that in a good way.


  • Accept The Differences: Go into this day knowing your mom will complain the stuffing is dry, Uncle Steve will have “one too many” and Grandpa Rod will spend more time watching the football game than talking to others. You can’t change your family now so accept and appreciate the little idiosyncrasies going into the day.

  • Divide and Conquer. The food is one of the biggest decisions on the table (pun intended) when it comes to Thanksgiving. Everyone has a “must have favorite”. So let them bring it. This year I have asked each person to bring their favorite holiday side, and then I fill in the blanks, usually with green things to balance out the potato casseroles.

  • Avoid Hot Topics. Perhaps Obama care is not the best conversation piece during dinner this year. And asking cousin Jenny how the job search is going my not sit well with the pumpkin pie. If things do heat up it might be time for an after dinner walk.

  • Keep it Light. No I don’t mean use skim milk in the mashed potatoes (And that is yucky anyway).. Tell some jokes, whip out old family photos, pull out Trivial Pursuit Cards and quiz each other. Keep it fun.


If nothing else, look around the room and your crazy family and give thanks that people whom you love surround you and who love you. Having loved ones to share the day with is way more important than the perfect meal.


Happy Thanksgiving.



Sherri Sacconaghi, AADP, NASM-CPT

Certified Health Coach



"Inspiring you Towards a Healthy Body and a Joyful Life".

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