At one week to Thanksgiving, I’m all about the list. Every year I rely on them to guide me through the process of planning and implementing our favorite family gathering. I even save them from year to year to help me remember which sides we switched and how big our turkey was, etc.
Why keep lists? Simple. Thanksgiving done well involves organizational know-how and moxie. This is no time to fly by the seat of your pants, folks. My standard set of checklists: Shopping, guest and menu.
My Thanksgiving list obsession is not that unusual. Consider these list suggestions:
- Cafemom’s Sanity & Time Savers.
- This could be the ultimate checklist site offering a list template for every imaginable occasion, including Thanksgiving.
- And leave it to Real Simple Magazine to have a pre-made Thanksgiving shopping list with all the basics.
This year, I’m also trying out a few apps, eager to see how they can help. I’ve downloaded iFeast, and CHOW’s Thanksgiving Coach for starters. I’ll give you my thoughts post Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, here are some reviews on the best Thanksgiving Apps:
- The New York Times’ Gadgetwise blog offers these Stress-free Thanksgiving Apps for iPhone/iPad.
- Forbes also offers its 2010 Thanksgiving app picks for iPhone.
- For Android users, here’s Intomobile’s Turkey survival app recommendations.
- And, from Appolicious, iPhone-aided Thanksgiving survival (this one reviews the CHOW app).
And, just for fun, here’s McSweeney’s archived list of Thanksgiving Lists with such favorites as “Unpleasant Questions to be Asked at the End of a Meal,” and, “Reason for Celebrating Every Major Holiday with the In-Laws, According to my Mother-In-Law.”
Enjoy! And please add your best list tips and Thanksgiving app suggestions.
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