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Cheatsgiving: 10 Things We Need To Do This Thanksgiving Other Than Arguing With Family Members And Crying

tumblr thanksgivingI admit it, I’m actually getting super excited for Thanksgiving. Not only do I have a lot to be thankful for, but I have resolved that this year I’m not going to freak out over all the little things that can go wrong with planning and preparing a giant meal. I’m just going to focus on the most important things, spending time with my family, playing with my kids, and enjoying a new cocktail that doesn’t involve just vodka and cranberry juice with a spritz of lime. If you have kids in the house or children who may be visiting, you may be gathering ideas that will help make the holiday a little more special for those that you are thankful for. Here are some totally do-able ideas and projects that won’t add any stress to attempting to prepare a full holiday meal.

Gratitude Rolls 

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From the Dating Divas.com this idea is for your spouse or partner and involves turning everyday crescent rolls into fortune cookies, and you could easily have your kids create these for family members. You could start now by asking your kids what they are grateful for this year and printing little slips of paper out to place in rolls before you cook them. If you don’t feel like baking your own bread there is no shame in opening up a can of whomp ‘em biscuits and letting your kids sit at the table and make these themselves. Kids love those things, they are cheap, and you can save the fancy bread for your adult guests.

 Scavenger Hunt 

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The Taylor House has an awesome idea for a turkey day scavenger hunt and a free printable. What could make more sense than throwing the kids outside to hunt for items while you cook so that they get their ya-yas out and come to the table all hungry and tired?

 Thanksgiving Conversation Cards 

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Happy Home Fairy has awesome free Thanksgiving conversation cards which I think is so genius because at most extended family gatherings there is always one relative who no one knows how to talk to. Plus, these are a way for younger kids to be able to learn dinner time conversation manners and how to engage in discussions with grownups. And, it sure does beat your uncle starting in about politics.

Leaf Sugar Cookies

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 Via Pinterest, I have been making sugar cookies for as long as I can remember and not just plain sugar cookies, but super fancy painted ones. I rarely have time to do this anymore but I can certain mix different colors of my standard sugar cookie recipe and let my kids cut out these adorable leaf shapes.

 Baby’s First Thanksgiving Onesie

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Love, Sweat and Beers made this adorable first turkey day onesie and suggests simply  basting the felt turkey on so it can be easily removed.

Pilgrim Hat Crayon Cups 

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From 99 cent crafting we have Pilgrim Hat Crayon cups. Don’t even put a tablecloth on the “kid’s table” just throw down some butcher paper and let them color or write lists of what they are thankful for.

You Also Need Something To Wear

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 Skreened has some amazing shirts for you parents to wear for the holiday, and they sure do beat a boring apron.

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Let Your Kids Create A Dessert 

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You know who doesn’t care about your chocolate bourbon pecan pie or your pumpkin pie with vanilla bean whipped cream? The children. So let them create a totally kid-friendly dessert and be done with it. In Katrina’s Kitchen has a cute tutorial for these super kid friendly crispy treats.

Up Your Pre-Dinner Cocktail Game 

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My idea of bliss the day before Thanksgiving is chopping vegetables for my stuffing and enjoying a cocktail while doing so. I used to do this with my mom but since that terrible mother  woman won’t be with me this holiday I will do it myself. The Kitchn has an awesome Thanksgiving cocktail roundup and I will be scouring it to find a new recipe.

 Express Your Gratitude 

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Most supermarkets have ready-made bags you can purchase with a Thanksgiving dinner for a family for about twenty bucks, or donate to your local food bank, church, or to Feeding America. Do this with your children so they start to learn about how to be charitable in their lives.

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  • NicknamesAreDull

    I feel a little bad about this, but after my husband and I got married, we moved to areas too far to come home for Thanksgiving AND Christmas. I’ve started to love Thanksgiving. We invite our friends who also couldn’t go home over, and I cook. The atmosphere is so awesome. Our kids all like each other, so they care happy, the adults are happy and we live on the same street, so I don’t have to worry about people drinking too much.

    I like the conversation cards a lot. I think I’ll try them out this year.

    • Alicia Kiner

      We did this one year. My in laws decided against a big meal, and my parents were going out of town, so we had friends over and I cooked. It was fun.

  • LJ

    My husband’s family never has alcohol at our holiday dinners.

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  • LJ

    My husband’s family never has alcohol at our holiday dinners.

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    • Cee

      But..but..whyyyy?

    • LJ

      I have no idea. My family lives on the East coast and we live on the West so my holidays are spent with his family 90% of the time. I love them so so much….but I’d love them even more with a glass of wine in my hand while I was cooking.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      This is why you are a nice guest and BYOB

    • LJ

      I think it’s just how his family is. BUT, Christmas dinner is being held at our house this year I’ll have a glass of wine. Even if no one sees me drinking it….

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Your husband’s family is the dumb :( HAHAHAHAHAH. sorry, but come on!

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Your husband’s family is the dumb :( HAHAHAHAHAH. sorry, but come on!

    • CMJ

      Will they let you bring some? Sometimes the only way I can get through family functions is a glass of wine.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      or a case

    • CMJ

      or a bathtub full of Andre.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      sips. pizza slides.

    • CMJ

      Weeeeeeee!!!

    • CMJ

      The pizza slide never gets old.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Never, ever, it’s the best pizza slide ever.

    • CMJ

      I just noticed there’s a shadow. Genius.

    • CMJ

      I just noticed there’s a shadow. Genius.

    • alice

      hahaha Andre

    • momjones

      In response to your comment, please find the “What choo talkin about Willis?” gif for me and post it.

    • CMJ
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    • Alicia Kiner

      I was going to suggest making some sangria and calling it punch, but that could get sticky with kids.

    • LJ

      IDK you might be on to something if I put it up high enough…

      My MIL: Oh Lisa, this punch is delicious!
      Me:…Oh yes! You should have more.I should too.

    • CMJ

      This gif is amazing.

    • LJ

      This gif is my life.

    • CMJ
    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter
    • LJ

      Im sorry we got so offtrack from your post with my lack of alcohol at family gatherings and life gifs. ;) it was a lovely holiday article!

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      gifs make everything better

    • LJ

      Im sorry we got so offtrack from your post with my lack of alcohol at family gatherings and life gifs. ;) it was a lovely holiday article!

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter
    • alice

      is someone an alcoholic in that family?

      there’s no other excuse for a dry family dinner!

    • LJ

      Not that I know of, they are just very……wholesome? I have no idea.

    • LJ

      Not that I know of, they are just very……wholesome? I have no idea.

    • BigBlue

      Actually there is. I live in the Bible Belt and only “sinners” drink. Sigh.

    • EX

      Well, now you’ve done it. I’m gonna be singing Billy Joel for the rest of the day – “I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints. The sinners are much more fun…”

    • EX

      Well, now you’ve done it. I’m gonna be singing Billy Joel for the rest of the day – “I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints. The sinners are much more fun…”

    • pineapples

      Okay we live in the Bible Belt. It took me a couple of years but I found out everyone was running out to there cars and adding a little somethin’ to their drinks. My in-laws try to hide all.

    • Andrea

      DEAR GOD!!!! And you still married him??!!??

  • Alicia Kiner

    This year I will be having surgery the week before Thanksgiving, so I won’t be cooking. I probably won’t be drinking either, depending on how much I still need pain killers. But, plus side… I won’t be cleaning up either. I get to actually be a guest this year, which I’ve never done in my life. I’m one of those “how can I help” kind of people, so this year, I’m going to bask in the relax part of the holiday. The down side is, my family and my in laws are playing tug of war over where we are this year, and I just don’t GAF. So I’m waiting to see if my husband will be working, and if he his, it’s going to depend on who gets to my house first to pick us up. Aren’t I evil? ;)

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Ugh what surgery? If that isn’t too personal

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Ugh what surgery? If that isn’t too personal

    • Alicia Kiner

      It IS pretty personal, and something that only family knows about at this point.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      well, I hope it all goes swimmingly and you recover well and have people to take care of you!

    • Alicia Kiner

      Thank you, kind lady. *tips non-existant hat* Hubby is taking off for several days, and my mother in law is all lined up to take kids to school and keep them for the weekend before and after Thanksgiving. I think my biggest worry now is what the heck am I going to DO?! ;)

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Netflix, books, magazines. Pain killers?

    • Alicia Kiner

      Oh and I definitely want to try that cake pop thing. Cake pops are my new obsession (minus the machine) and I think my kiddos would LOVE that!

  • alice

    did anyone else grow up with the “Movie Theater on Thanksgiving” ritual? i miss those days.

    • Alicia Kiner

      I didn’t grow up with it but my kids are thanks to my husband and his family. It’s kind of nice if we can all agree on a movie, but there’s usually at least a family type one we all want to see. The Chipmunks were good!

    • Alicia Kiner

      I didn’t grow up with it but my kids are thanks to my husband and his family. It’s kind of nice if we can all agree on a movie, but there’s usually at least a family type one we all want to see. The Chipmunks were good!

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Oh man we did. I always wanna do it but we always end up playing games

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Oh man we did. I always wanna do it but we always end up playing games

    • pineapples

      We always did!

    • BubbleyToes

      We always did when I was growing up!!

  • pineapples

    My family embraces the drinking (not drunk!) and petty arguments at the holidays. I’ve actually heard my mom tell an in-law that was complaining about an argument “it’s not a holiday dinner until an argument starts and someone else is offended by it. Thanks for doing your part”. My husband’s family pretends everything is great and everyone sneaks out to there cars for “something” they forgot… get real people! We all know your drinking!
    Obviously I love my family holidays.

  • pineapples

    My family embraces the drinking (not drunk!) and petty arguments at the holidays. I’ve actually heard my mom tell an in-law that was complaining about an argument “it’s not a holiday dinner until an argument starts and someone else is offended by it. Thanks for doing your part”. My husband’s family pretends everything is great and everyone sneaks out to there cars for “something” they forgot… get real people! We all know your drinking!
    Obviously I love my family holidays.

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  • BubbleyToes

    Ughhhh I loooove that shirt about the kids’ table!!! I am a 24 year old, married woman. My husband and I are STILL sat at the kids’ table at my grandmother’s house. Makes me wonder if we will sit there with our own children if we have any. So frustrating!!!