Too Early To Plan The Next Thanksgiving With The Whole Family?
Most kids in the U.S. already have their back-to-school week behind them – in fact, apart from a few states, most have already started school several weeks ago. From now on, their day-to-day life is rhythmed by homework and the excitement of the celebrations to come. First Halloween – which is undeniably an excuse to wear that sexy French maid costume you bought from eBay, but that doesn’t exactly count as a meaningful family reunion – and then it’s time for the family season: Thanksgiving and Christmas. So, it’s fair to say that most kids are mentally picturing their next Thanksgiving as early as on their first day at school. How about, this year, embracing the tradition and making it a really special family celebration by bringing everyone together. Yes, it needs some organization and thinking through, but it’s okay: You’re starting early!
It’s not too early to think about it
First of all, it’s not too early to think about organizing Thanksgiving, especially if you want to bring the family together. With most families exploded through the U.S., it’s easy to see how important it is to start as early as you can. Indeed, you need to get your siblings, parents, aunts and uncles, and cousins in the loop, to discuss the possibility of planning a holiday trip for Thanksgiving. The earlier you start your preparations, the easier it will be, especially as some of you might need to book flights at affordable prices and to consider their accommodation. As it takes time to prepare a holiday budget, it’s best not to waste another day if you want to organize a big family reunion for Thanksgiving.
Are you traveling to stay with your relatives?
Once you’ve decided where the Thanksgiving party will be held, you might find that you are the one who needs to travel and stay with your relatives for the duration of the celebration – and potentially a few more days too! The good thing is that this saves you a lot of money that would have been for accommodation. You also have time to prepare a present for your host, maybe something that reflects on your family relationships such as a family tree in pictures or a meaning poem for the occasion. But don’t let their friendly gesture go forgotten after the party. You can send personalized thank you notes on behalf of your family to thank your relative for their hospitality. And remember to add some printed snaps from the dinner party as a token of your appreciation!
Are your relatives staying with you?
If you are the host for the evening, and if your relatives are staying with you for a few days – which is common if they’ve travelled far – do make a list of all dietary requirements. There’s nothing worse than a guest calling you a few days before the party to tell you about their allergies or vegan diets. Instead, get to know what’s off limits now so that you can plan a festive menu that will keep everyone satisfied.
So how do you feel about a big family reunion for Thanksgiving? If you love the idea, call your distant cousins in Alaska, your uncle and aunt in NYC and your trendy sibling in San Francisco. Tell them it’s time for a get-together party, and start planning for an unforgettable Thanksgiving.