Guest Post by Jill Kemerer
So you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, and there’s going to be a crowd. Part of you is brimming with excitement, and the other part—the insecure one—whispers you’re going to fail.
Will the turkey be dry? How many potatoes does one need to feed fourteen people? Is it bad to use canned gravy?
Just thinking about cooking for that many people gives you a headache. So you flop on the couch, click on the television, and watch a baking competition. It’s pie day. You mentally take notes.
Flaky crust. Okay. Flavor pairings. Huh? How long are they baking it? Oh, no, hers burned! If professionals can’t get it right, why do I think I can?
Your breathing grows shallow. Everyone is expecting a good meal, and you don’t want to ruin it.
You hop off the couch and grab your planner to figure out how to knock out some of the prep work ahead of time. But the calendar shows things you’d forgotten about like your daughter’s dance competition and your son’s basketball game. Oh, and you have a hair appointment—you’re not cancelling that!!
The shallow breathing is now morphing to full-on hyperventilation. When will you clean the house? Make the pies? Buy all the food? And how on earth will you cook it all?
As your anxiety accelerates, so does your dread. You don’t want to think about it anymore because defeat seems unavoidable. You try to clear your mind.
Then… another thought pops into your head.
The local grocery store has an entire turkey dinner complete with mashed potatoes, three sides, dinner rolls and a pie. I wouldn’t have to cook a thing.
You cringe. Really? You’re really thinking about skipping out on the cooking?
Yes, I am. But will it taste any good?
You look at the calendar again. Maybe it’s time to make this Thanksgiving a potluck. You’ll cook the turkey, and everyone else can bring a side. And if no one is on board with a potluck, you’re giving the grocery store a call.
A deep sense of peace comes over you. It will be fun having everyone at your house for the day.
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be stressful. After all, it’s a holiday where we thank the Lord for our blessings. A day to be together with loved ones and friends. A day to just enjoy life.
The food doesn’t have to be gourmet. The house doesn’t have to be spotless. The pie crust doesn’t have to be flaky.
Give yourself permission to not be perfect. To do less and not stress. You’ll be thankful you did!
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Jill Kemerer is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of heartwarming, emotional, small-town romance novels often featuring cowboys. Over half a million of her books have sold worldwide. Jill’s essentials include coffee, caramels, a stack of books, her mini-doxie, and long walks outdoors. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. For more information, visit her website, jillkemerer.com.