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Today, a handy-dandy checklist. Well, a poem, really, that I wrote several years ago.

Holiday Dinner To-Do List
by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman

Begin your preparations five days ahead.
Defrost the silver,
Polish the turkey until it gleams.
Iron the table,
Fold the extra leaves into the tablecloth.
Four days ahead, shop.
Remember pie; forget salad – it is better left too late.
Start the oven two days before,
neverminding a day has been skipped.
Develop the cranberry sauce;
Combine the gravy giblets;
Finish the pie, but not whip the cream.
If stuffing the turkey, stale the bread.
Put rings on the glasses, lay knives to guard the plates.
One day before, store the casseroles:
Peel them into the fridge for safekeeping.
Remember salad.
On the holiday itself, baste the white wine.
Preheat the turkey. Stuff the oven.
Baste the potatoes; mash the salad;
Reheat the conversation; enjoy the side dishes.
After the meal: Brew the whipped cream.
Beat the coffee into stiff peaks with a bit of sugar.
Remember the rolls, unbake them.
Clear the guests, wash the table, wait for next year.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!
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( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 23rd, 2012 06:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this again. I've always loved it so much! Hope your Thanksgiving was especially delicious this year :).
Nov. 25th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jama. My beloved and I had a very good time with his family - and I didn't have to cook, which made it an easy sort of holiday.
Nov. 23rd, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
Nice. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Nov. 25th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Thanks - you too! (And another lovely icon you have there!)
Nov. 25th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
Thank you! =)
Nov. 25th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
I think we made it through the whole weekend without once reheating the conversation And I'm already preheating the turkey for next year....

Hope your weekend was wonderful, and thanks for the extra laughs!

Gregory K.
Nov. 26th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Greg!!
Laura Purdie Salas
Nov. 26th, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
Love this, Kelly! Hope you had a good Thanksgiving and are feeling better!
Nov. 26th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
Not feeling better yet, but working on it. And thanks, Laura!
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