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30 Thanksgiving Hosting Mistakes You’re Probably Making

The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the most special family events of the year. A record number of people travel via planes, trains, and automobiles to get home. Already, despite health experts’ pleas for people to stay home, more than 3 million Americans have traveled for the holiday. Aside from the coronavirus risk that comes with having a lot of people at the same time and at the same place, hosting the feast comes with a lot of stress, too, including how to ensure that everyone is happy.

So, if you have decided to spend one of the few days you get off from work in the kitchen, it may help to know how to make the most of it. Hosting a big feast is an admirable endeavor, but it can also be a tricky one.

Hosts try their best but the road to the “host with the most” award — while paved with the best of intentions — often turns out to be a stairway to hell. The day may start out in your mind with an Instagram-worthy feast but by midday you want to cancel the party because nothing seems to be going right. Turkey Day faux pas are OK, but avoiding them is better.

Right off the bat, and perhaps most importantly, drop the expectation to achieve perfection. Between deciding who to invite, shopping, planning logistics and, of course, cooking, many things can go wrong. That can end up costing you a lot of time as well as money. In the end you may have to opt out for a pre-ordered meal — take a look at the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner the year you were born.

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