Category: Thanksgiving Ideas

These thanksgiving ideas will inspire you to share your thanks with loved ones.

Christmas Card Ideas, Thanksgiving Ideas

Holiday Checklist: Thanksgiving is Almost Here!

Are you ready? Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and I haven’t bought a single Christmas gift yet. But I am confidant I can pull off a Thanksgiving dinner for 20, decorate the house and send out Christmas cards all in the next three weeks. Somehow it will get done. It has to, right?

Here’s my holiday checklist for mid-November.

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Order Christmas cards.
If you want them addressed and ready to mail in early December, make sure to order them soon. While it’s not a race (though SOME people at Pear Tree think it is…I won’t name names :)) I set Thanksgiving weekend as my deadline for ordering, especially since it falls so late this year.

Holiday Checklist: Thanksgiving is Almost Here!
Still haven’t taken that perfect photo?
Thanksgiving may be your last chance to get all the family members together.

Thanksgiving Ideas

How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey

Wondering how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey? Try the recipe below from allrecipes.com. It was a recipe passed down from her grandma. Hope you enjoy!

Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons ground dried rosemary
2 tablespoons rubbed dried sage
2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves
1 tablespoon lemon pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 (15 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 orange, cut into wedges
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 (750 milliliter) bottle champagne

Christmas Family Traditions, Thanksgiving Ideas

Holiday Checklist: What You Can Be Doing Now

Have you started planning for the holidays? You’ve made travel arrangements, decided who’s hosting Thanksgiving dinner and your Holiday photo cards are ready to mail? Well, consider yourself a superhero because most of us don’t even want to think about the holidays yet. But if you get started on your holiday checklist now, you can eliminate some of the last-minute craziness and stress of the holiday season.

Holiday Planning Checklist
Talk to your relatives.
This may seem obvious, but rather than assuming plans will be the same as last year and that Aunt Susie will be hosting Thanksgiving as usual, you should ask the question and make plans accordingly. And if you are hosting (or can’t this year) let people know now, so they can make plans.

Keep your eyes peeled for deals. Whether you’re setting the Thanksgiving table, trimming the tree or decking the halls, decorating for the holidays takes time, money and planning, especially if you’re young and just starting out. You can be collecting ideas all year long, and keeping a lookout for sale items you can turn into something beautiful.

Holiday Party Ideas, Thanksgiving Ideas

What are you thankful for?

Thanksgiving Traditions: What are you thankful for? #thanksgiving #peartreegreetings #thankful
If you are lucky enough to have a warm home to go to this Thanksgiving, filled with the mouthwatering smell of roasting turkey and the happy chatter of family and friends, then you have plenty of reasons to be thankful. It’s easy to get swept up in the hubbub of cooking and decorating, not to mention family tensions, and lose sight of what’s most important on this uniquely American holiday.

Thank You Ideas, Thanksgiving Ideas

How to thank your Thanksgiving hostess

Thanksgiving gift ideas: don't forget to thank your hostess! #peartreegreetings #thankyoucards #thankyou Thanksgiving gift ideas: don't forget to thank your hostess! #peartreegreetings #thankyoucards #thankyou
If you’ve ever hosted Thanksgiving dinner for a group, large or small, you know how much planning, cleaning, shopping, prepping, baking, chopping, and basting goes into pulling it off. You are happy to make the effort because a successful Thanksgiving is not as much about the food as it is about being with your loved ones, catching up on family news, playing games, watching football, and sharing the family traditions you’ve established over the years.

On those occasions when we are not hosting but attending as an invited guest, however, it’s important not to take your hostess’s efforts for granted, no matter how calm she appears or how many years she has “done” Thanksgiving. Aside from offering to bring something to the gathering and lending a hand while you’re there, there are other ways to show your thanks, from Thanksgiving gift ideas to following up with a handwritten thank you note.