A Mag’s Do’s and Don’ts: Thanksgiving

Payton Moore

We’re initiating a movement to changing Thanksgiving to “Thanxiety.”

A couple of weird cousins, plus your over zealous grandparents, plus your parents (you can only neglect their phone calls for so long) equals a recipe for the books —one your aunt is definitely going to ask for (also, why doesn’t she realize literally every recipe can be found on Pinterest). The good news is that everything is better with gravy, so start pouring and start reading our tips on celebrating Thanksgiving.


Check up on your manners. Going to a friend’s house or a significant other’s? Only begin eating after everyone has served themselves. Compliment the chef, and don’t forget to participate in the table setting if you’re able to. Leave a lasting impression by bringing a small gift like a seasonal candle, a bottle of wine or flowers. Always, always help with dishes — hey, they’re the worst part, but it’s the least you can do after devouring three pounds of turkey.

Get a quick workout in before, or after, the big meal. If you’re in the Northeast Ohio area, there’s a Cleveland Turkey Trot five-mile run you can do with some family members. And I’m sure the host will appreciate you taking some of the younger kids in your family out to a local playground to burn off steam. Our personal favorite Thanksgiving activity is definitely a game of flag football, but only after a long snooze.

High-waisted everything. We’re not joking when we say we never forego an opportunity to look chic – we’re not wasting Thanksgiving, either. However, we’re not doubting the fact we’re going to be rocking a food baby come food coma. Pair a high-waisted A-line tartan skirt with a high-neck chiffon top will give some movement to the look and allow for you to reach for those mashed potatoes. Or, swank it up with a empire-waist lace dress and a bold, matte lip that’s brighter than cranberry sauce.


Stay at home alone. Think of it this way: If one of your friends has family from a different state and can’t travel home, would you want to be in their position? If the answer is no, be a good friend and take them with you for a relaxing weekend with a family member or friend. There’s no denying that it feels good to shut off Blackboard for a few days and unbutton those jeans.

Assume Grandma has it under control. Whoever does the cooking for your Thanksgiving would surely love some help, and if not, they’d appreciate the offer. Send a note to your host and see if it’s all right for you to prepare something yourself to bring to Turkey Day, or if they’d like you to come early and help prepare with them.