Thanksgiving creates a lot of expectations about what needs to happen in order to have a perfect holiday. It can create a lot of tension and crazy emotions. That’s why there are so many Thanksgiving movies with misfit dysfunctional families!
You don’t have to make the holiday perfect or even close to perfect. It’s okay to buy the cranberry sauce from Traders Joes. And the mashed potatoes. And everything, even the turkey! Don’t pressure yourself to create some Norman Rockwell scene.
Of course, if cooking is your great passion, then cook away! But remember: there’s always McDonald’s. Seriously. One shitty rainy Christmas, I had lunch with my dad and sister at McDonald’s after we could not get tickets to any movies. That crappy fast food lunch is one of my fondest holiday memories.