Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Picture the perfect Thanksgiving at your house: suffused with feelings of warmth and delicious smells wafting from the kitchen as we celebrate the many things we’re thankful for with the people we love most.

funny-pictures-history-denial-mom-wishes-you-a-happy-thanksgivingOk, now stop laughing. Of course, the reality is often a bit trickier. It’s hard to conjure up those warm-fuzzy feelings when the turkey is still half-raw, the stuffing is already overcooked, the dog is whining to go out, and your house guests are driving you insane.

Happily, there are lots of resources out there to help you avoid disaster this holiday. Now that’s something to be thankful for.

Need to talk turkey? If you’re having trouble cooking the day’s signature bird – you’re not sure where to start, or you run into potential disaster partway through – help is just a call or click away! Butterball keeps a Turkey Talk-Line staffed with experts ready to help. Call 1-800-BUTTERBALL (288-8372).  You can even live chat at

There’s no hotline to help you make your bratty nephew or nosy Aunt Gertrude behave, but you can take some solace in knowing that it could be worse. Get a good belly laugh at families far more dysfunctional than yours with one of the Awkward Family Photos series.

If you’re just struggling to feel thankful in the stress and tumult of the day, the right book can help you rediscover your gratitude. Try Help, Thanks, Wow: The three essential prayers by Anne Lamott, Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh, or Simple Act of Gratitude: How learning to say thank you changed my life by John Kralik.

And if all else fails? Well, we can always help you escape to a tropical island, or at least make a good stiff cocktail.

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