Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner and frankly I am very tired and ready for a bit of a break. But I know we Mamas must press on through all obstacles and to complete the task the Lord has entrusted us with and prepared for us. So I hope as you press on this week that you enjoy this tip and these posts from Thanksgiving’s past!
- Put first things first
So many of us morph into Martha on the holidays and we miss what the Lord truly has for us during the holidays:
“ Now as they went on their way, Jesus[a] entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.[b] Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
So don’t plan to cook a big meal on Thanksgiving or on the eve thereof, either order out or cook something you have already so diligently frozen. That way you will not be worn out and you will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving with your family & friends. Let’s choose the good portion with Mary.
2. Don’t wear yourself out
Exodus 18:18 says: “You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.”
If you are having people come over then divy up the meal. If you have children old enough to cook parts of the meal, then let them cook too. By having the kids cook with you, you will create wonderful family memories in the kitchen. If you are totally overwhelmed or just really busy buy some pre-made rolls or canned cranberries (and ditch the guilt of not making something homemade!) Recognize the holiday cooking can be heavy and you don’t have to do it alone.
3. Plan your cooking schedule
Proverbs 6 gives us an example about how the ant works:
“Go to the ant, O sluggard;consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler,she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.”
So as we plan out our work we can consider the best way to get our entire meal cooked. For me it’s over the week and by cooking one or two parts of the meal each day starting from the Thursday before Thanksgiving. Start buying the items for Thanksgiving in September so you are not rushing to the store<<STRESSFUL>>> With a little planning we can avoid the holiday rush, cook the Turkey and just have to warm the rest of the meal on Thanksgiving, now isn’t that great!
4. Read the Scriptures
My soul alongs for your salvation;I hope in your word. Pslam 119:81
Our rest is found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here are some more items to help you find rest and make memories over the Thanksgiving Holiday…
Celebrating Thanksgiving with Books– This is a list of books for Elementary through High School Students to enjoy over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Thanksgiving Unit Study- A simple literature based unit study to teach your children about Thanksgiving.
What to do with Thanksgiving Leftovers – A post to provide some ideas on how to use up the Thanksgiving Leftovers in creative, frugal and tasty ways.
Sweet Potato Pie – How to make a tasty Sourthern Sweet Potato Pie.
Pumpkin Spice Latte– This is a Trim Helathy Mama Pumpkin Latte
5 Pumpkin Pie Latte Recipes– This post contains 5 options to help you create just the right yummy pumpkin pie lattes.
Day after Thanksgiving Traditions – Here in Central Texas we have a Christian Community of Anabaptists that has a LARGE Crafts & Children’s Faire Weekend that promotes old Fashioned Skilled. We have gone to it several times over the years.
more Thanksgiving around the web:
- Charlie Brown Thanksgiving from Hodgepodge if you have extra time it’s always wonderful to work in an art project.
- Thanksgiving Poetry from Starts at Eight a little something for the kids and cousins to do together
- Explore science on Thanksgiving with Turkey FeatherScience from the Happy Housewife
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!
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