As we soak up the last days of colorful autumn, our eyes turn toward the season of giving thanks. Are your memories of a warm place filled with the scents of roasted turkey and pumpkin pie? Or, conversely, one of last minute panic and stress -filled, overwhelming, mind-boggling, energy-sapping days of preparations?
Well, my friends, I’m here to change all that. I hereby give you permission to use premade crust for your pies, spoon up cranberry sauce from the can, and at long last, accept that one kind of potato is probably enough. Instead of pies, how about simple pumpkin bars? (get my recipe here) Assign tasks. Ask for help. Know that any short-cut that takes the pressure out of the holiday is OK.
Personally, my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the planning and preparation of the meal, the setting of the table, waiting for everyone to arrive to “gather together.” The day isn’t about the perfect pumpkin pie. Its’s about love and gathering and blessings and joy and heartfelt gratitude.
This year, with all the terrible national catastrophes and countries torn apart by conflict and political strife, I will feel particularly blessed to sit at thetable for the Thanksgiving Dayfeast.
So, from my family to yours, I wish you a crust and crazy-free Thanksgiving. And enjoy the best part of the meal—those amazing leftovers!
Annalisa Russo is a published author and master storyteller based in Chicago, IL. Currently writing with The Wild Rose Press, she has just released her fifth novel: Angel Boy. You can read more about it and the author at annalisarusso.com. Follow Annalisa Russo on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.