This Year Make Thanksgiving a Simple Celebration of Frugal Abundance

Now that the Jack o’ Lanterns are all put away, it is time to start thinking of other uses for pumpkins-such as pie. Yes! It is time for Americans to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Even if money weren’t so tight for many of us this year there has been a trend towards a simpler easier approach. Gone for many are the days when one person, usually the oldest female in the family, was responsible for producing the entire Thanksgiving table. For those of you who have been in that position it’s a lot of work. Expensive too.

Thanksgiving is Almost Here

In an age when all parties seem to be potluck Thanksgiving is no exception. This relieves the hosts of a portion of both the work and the expense. One person really does have to be in charge in order to pull off a complex ritual meal such as Thanksgiving Dinner, really one the two pinnacles of the home cook’s year. And there may be one person in your crowd that truly loves to cook. But they might not be the same person.

The easiest most frugal way to handle this is to talk it over, pick a place, and assign chores. The family organizer set everything up and make sure that everyone knows what to bring. The host can buy just one item, probably the main course. This will probably be turkey unless everyone is a vegetarian. Each guest is responsible for buying, making, and transporting their dish. And everyone pitches in to clean up. There are some parts of a traditional Thanksgiving meal that have to be done at the very last minute, such as mashing potatoes and making gravy. The best cook can do that, and will likely love it, having been cheated out of doing too much for the rest of the meal. Just remember the true spirit of Thanksgiving is about gratitude and family, not about being perfect. If you are able to pull together your nearest and dearest and stuff yourselves, that is more than enough.

With the holiday only a few short weeks away it is time to get started. What role do you want to play? How do other people feel? You can make this the most fun Thanksgiving ever if you start now. And if you are one of the lucky people that have a great family to share this holiday with, consider inviting someone you know that doesn’t. Some people call them holiday strays. But whatever the name, this is the season of sharing, and it is part of the spirit of frugal abundance to spread the wealth around. Besides, that single friend might just make the best pumpkin pie in the world.

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