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Top 5 Tips for Having Thanksgiving in your New House


Congratulations! You and your significant other recently purchased your new house, and you’re ready to create some new memories and traditions. The Thanksgiving season is the perfect time to do just that but there’s one problem – you’re totally exhausted from the move. With these five helpful tips, you can enjoy the holidays, your new home and family time all without becoming too overwhelmed or stressed.

Turn Thanksgiving into a Housewarming

With Thanksgiving fast approaching and everyone asking to come over to see your new house, now is the perfect time to combine the two into one – a Thanksgiving Housewarming party. This allows you to enjoy the holiday while also showcasing your new house to your friends and family members.

Hire Some Help

When your house is full of unpacked boxes and furniture leaned up against the wall, hosting a Thanksgiving dinner is likely the last thing on your mind. However, attending everyone else’s Thanksgiving is only going to delay the unpacking process even longer because you won’t be home at all.

But as you look at the towering boxes, doing it all on your own can seem impossible. So, hire some extra help, recruit your friends and family members, and get your home unpacked and ready for the big day. Having some people help you unpack and set up your new home can make all the difference.

Make it a Potluck

You don’t have to host Thanksgiving dinner all on your own. Host a potluck and enjoy the additional help from your loved ones. Just be sure to organize! Designate specific meal items to certain people and keep a track of who is responsible for what items to ensure a complete Thanksgiving dinner will be served.

Bring All Families

Since Thanksgiving is a busy time and you’re already swamped with unpacking boxes and the stress of the move, hosting a Thanksgiving dinner party and attending other people’s Thanksgiving dinner parties can seem impossible.  

An easy way to see everyone on Thanksgiving without becoming super overwhelmed is to get all of your Thanksgiving done in one day. Host one dinner party for all of your friends and families from both sides of the family. No one is missing out, everyone gets to see your home and you’ll have extra free time to prepare your home post-move.

Remember What Thanksgiving is All About

Just when you feel like Thanksgiving is too stressful to do this year, it’s important to take a step back and remember what the holiday is all about. You don’t have to attend day-long dinner parties, nor do you have to eat turkey and watch hours upon hours of football. Thanksgiving is about giving thanks to those around you. It’s about being grateful for the things and people you have in your life. It doesn’t have to be a day-long event, nor does it have to be one overly stressful.

If you simply can’t find the time to do Thanksgiving, that’s okay. Explain to your loved ones that you and your spouse are overloaded and exhausted from the move, and they will understand. If possible, pop in on Thanksgiving Day to give thanks to your loved ones or give your friends and family members a quick call.  

Hosting or even attending Thanksgiving might simply be too much to handle after a long move. So, choose what works for you and your significant other.  If your boxes are unpacked and you love to cook, host the dinner at your house. If not, recruit some extra help or simply set aside some time to let your loved ones know that you’re thankful for them.

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