Take Thanksgiving Off. I Did.

Every year, I host Thanksgiving; some Thanksgivings, we’ve had almost 30 guests. I start weeks before with planning, days before prepping and cooking. And while I truly do enjoy cooking and hosting people in my home, last year, I needed a break. I hadn’t even started cooking and felt tired of the food.

So we decided to do something that my mother, my grandmother and generations before her would NEVER do: we decided to do something radical and eat out on Thanksgiving.  Everyone in our group of 10 went along happily–and I was…well, grateful. That’s what it’s all about, right? Gratitude?

If you want to give this a shot, you can’t feel guilty–it’s just one Thanksgiving out of many. And it might just leave you refreshed and excited to do all the cooking next year!

What I Liked About Eating Out on Thanksgiving
1. I slept in on Thursday.
2. I had time for a long workout justifying my overindulgence later on.
3. I relaxed with a glass of wine while I showered–unrushed with time to apply makeup!
4. My house looked the same Thursday night as it did Thursday morning.
5. Everyone got to eat what they wanted.
6. We were still all together and I actually got to be part of the conversation…instead of in the kitchen.
7. I was nice a person all day–no stress!


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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