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Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks

Ideas on how to make your Thanksgiving Day perfect!

Published on: 11/17/2020

Thanksgiving is on November 26th this year and if you are like the majority of the country you still haven’t gone shopping for the holiday! Don’t worry we have you covered with all of the common questions and some handy tips as well as a shopping list all conveniently located in one place.

If you haven’t done so already today is a good day to take a quick inventory of your pantry and see what you already have. You might also want to clean out the fridge before you go shopping because we are all well too aquainted with trying to figure out what to do with all of the leftovers. This is a great way to get the kids and Husbands to pitch in with the prep. Keep a pen and some paper handy so you can be writing your shopping needs down as you go!

How Much Food Do I Need?

Depending on how many people you are having over will determine the amount of food you need to purchase. We have found a great infographic from ​Good Housekeeping​ to help you determine this.


Portions/Thawing/Roasting

A common questions is: How long does it take to defrost and to cook a Turkey?


Green Bean Casserole

Not sure how to make Green Bean Casserole. No worries, ​Campbells​ has you covered.


Here’s an easy Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe. You can find the recipe ​here​.

asassyspoon.com/sweet-potato-casserole


Thanksgiving Cocktails

Are you looking for a new Cocktail for this Thanksgiving? This great Cranberry Sangria looks amazing and festive. You can find the link ​here​.

Or how about this amazing Apple Cider Sangria recipe here.


Family Traditions

Now that we have all of the Basic details covered, Let’s talk about the real meaning of the Holiday and how to start new family traditions of thankfulness and prayer. Maybe saying a blessing before a meal is second nature to you, and maybe it’s not. Not to worry, here are some simple ways to incorporate hearts of thankfulness and prayer into your holiday.

Creating a “Thankfulness” jar is an easy way to have everyone participate but maybe not put anyone on the spot. Particularly shy children or guests. After dinner the Host and or Hostess could take turns reading aloud the things the guest wrote. The Shabby Creek Cottage created a lovely ​printable

Maybe you are not comfortable praying aloud and are unsure of what to say but would like to say a blessing before the meal. Here is a prayer from the Puritans, found in the prayer book ​The Valley of Visions.

O My God, Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects, my heart admires, adores, loves thee, for my little vessel is as full as it can be, and I would pour out all that fullness before thee in ceaseless flow.

When I think upon and converse with thee ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up, ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed, ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart, crowding into every moment of happiness.

I bless thee for the soul thou hast created, for adorning it, for sanctifying it, though it is fixed in barren soil;

for the body thou hast given me, for preserving its strength and vigour, for providing senses to enjoy delights, for the ease and freedom of my limbs, for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding;

for thy royal bounty providing my daily support, for a full table and overflowing cup, for appetite, taste, sweetness, for social joys of relatives and friends, for ability to serve others, for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities, for a mind to care for my fellow-men, for opportunities of spreading happiness around, for loved ones in the joys of heaven, for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly.

I love thee above the powers of language to express, for what thou art to thy creatures. Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.

Maybe you want something more simple and modern. This prayer of Thanksgiving is also meaningful and quick.

Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day, we bow our hearts to You and pray. We give You thanks for all You've done, especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son. For beauty in nature, Your glory we see, for joy and health, friends, and family. For daily provision, Your mercy and care, these are the blessings You graciously share. So today we offer this response of praise with a promise to follow You all of our days.

— Mary Fairchild

Or simpler still......

We thank you for the turkey, the gravy, and the dressing. Dear Lord, this table overflows with Thy abundant blessing. Let us always be aware that all gifts come from You, and may we serve Your heavenly will in everything we do. Amen.

— Joanna Fuchs

For more prayers like these, you can click ​here


Stay Organized, Stay Sane

Here is this Printable Thanksgiving ​Shopping List​. That we found that is super handy since the work has mostly been done for you. You may want to print this out ahead of time, that way as you are taking an inventory you can mark down how many of each item you will need. Don’t forget to add any items that may be in the cocktail recipes! Be sure to check out our Instagram Feed at SCC Living for table decor inspirations! Happy Thanksgiving!

Lastly, We would like to take time to say “Happy Thanksgiving” to all our customers. May your day with friends and family be richly blessed, full of joyful and grateful hearts!

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