a day on which one is exempt from work; specifically: a day marked by a general suspension of work in commemoration of an event
Well, Thanksgiving may be an official "holiday" (and my favorite holiday, at that!), but quite honestly, it's A LOT of work! With all of the cooking, cleaning, spending time with family, shopping, travelling, and eating there is to do, there may be little time for relaxation. Here are a few sites to help guide you through this very busy but very exciting holiday, so that you can have an easygoing Thanksgiving weekend:
Thanksgiving Meal Tips:
- Visit GMA's site, which offers tips on carving, brining, and serving a picture-perfect and delicious turkey. You can also view menus and shopping lists from top chefs, including Emeril Lagasse, Sara Moulton, and Sandra Lee. And if you have a smartphone, click here to read the ABC News article reviewing best apps to help you out on the big day!
- "The Thanksgiving Helpline Is Open for Business" - Sam Sifton, the restaurant ciritic for The New York TImes, is blogging all day and is available to answer any of your holiday meal questions. Just type your request in the comment sections and await his reply!
- FoodNetwork.com's thanksgiving site provides advice on the best wine pairings for your various dinner courses, as well as a library of how-to videos with your favorite star chefs, including a no-fire way to fry a turkey (courtesy of Paula Deen), cooking a thanksgiving meal in under an hour (courtesy of Rachael Ray), and serving an elegant, sophisticated meal that looks as elegant as it tastes (courtesy of Ina Garten).
Black Friday Tips:
- CNN has a dedicated site that shares holiday shopping tips, including articles on the trendiest gifts for 2010, the best online and in-store deals being offered the day after Thanksgiving, and an etiquette guide for both gift-giving and gift-reciving.
- ConsumerReports.org's holiday guide has published a ton of practical information, from how to avoid online shipping fees to product comparisons and reviews to advice on how to save money this holiday season.
- Appropriate for these environmentally-conscious times, The Daily Green has compiled a 2010 Green Gift Guide, which includes one-of-a-kind artisan gifts as well as price-conscious buys under $20. Also, click here for an article on how to stay zen amongst all of the Black Friday madness.
Weekend Travel Tips:
- MSNBC.com provides some timely advice for air travelers this weekend in its Tactical Thanksgiving: Holiday Travel Game Plan, including what to do before leaving for the airport, how to handle new security guidelines, last-minute ways to save dollars, and even a way to calculate the actual cost of visiting your relatives and friends this weekend.
- Whether traveling by train, plane, bus, or car, before you walk out the front door, visit Metro Traffic's site, which provides up-to-the-minute tri-state-area information on flight status, public transportation delays, road traffic, and weather conditions so that you can prepare for a safe and hassle-free voyage to and from your Thanksgiving destination.
Photo courtsey of Flickr user lordog.