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Thanksgiving Do’s and Don’ts

Thanksgiving is upon us, and it’s a holiday many people look forward to — anticipating filling their bellies with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and all the rest. There are no rules when it comes to Thanksgiving, right? Just loosen those belts and let her rip!

Well, not quite. To make your holiday the best it can be, here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind if you are hosting this Thanksgiving:

1. Don’t Invite Too Many People

Thanksgiving is a great time to be with family and friends, and those with a long list of items to be thankful for may be tempted to invite everyone they know who doesn’t have a place to go this Thanksgiving.

It’s a nice sentiment. Before you know it, though, those people are asking to bring other people and more unexpected guests may show up — making things get completely out of hand. Be generous, but keep a handle on the guest list.

2. Do Ask About Food Allergies

Having someone go into anaphylactic shock at the Thanksgiving table can really sour the mood. But having a guest just nibble on toast because they’re allergic to everything at the table is no fun, either.

You don’t have to redesign the whole menu for that guest or two who are cranberry-intolerant, but having a few substitute items for those guests — and being sure to clearly identify any items they need to stay away — from will be greatly appreciated.

3. Don’t Count on Someone Else to Bring the Turkey

If someone offers, thank them for their generosity and suggest they bring something else. Part of being the host is providing the turkey. You need lots of time to prepare it, and you don’t want to agonize over whether it will get to you on time. You provide the turkey.

4. Do Let People Help

Once the turkey is covered, you’re free to accept any other offers of help, whether it’s to pick up a guest who is on someone’s way, bring a dish or even clean up after. You shouldn’t necessarily expect help, but often people will want to pitch in, and it’s okay to help them.

5. Don’t Wait to Address Plumbing Problems Until After Thanksgiving

If you’re hosting a big Thanksgiving, you’re going to need plumbing. Dishes will need to be washed, and water will be required for food preparation. You can also be sure people, including yourself, will need to use the restroom.

If your plumbing is not quite up to par, but you don’t want to deal with it until you’ve put Thanksgiving to bed, reconsider. Fortunately, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse is up to the task. Contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing for quick, efficient and respectful attention to your plumbing needs today. Then, you can relax and enjoy the holiday once the cooking is done.

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