12 things you should always do on Thanksgiving

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  • Thanksgiving can be stressful for both guests and hosts.
  • If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, be sure to introduce all your guests to each other and make dishes that everyone can enjoy, especially for those with dietary restrictions.
  • A a guest, you should always make sure you're on time and that you send a note to thank the host.


Between catching up with friends and family and enjoying delicious food, Thanksgiving has got it all when it comes to holidays.

But even though it's a fun start to the holiday season, Thanksgiving can get stressful for both guests and hosts. Between narrowing down a guest list and planning out a Thanksgiving menu, it's hard to please everyone as a host. If you're a guest, it can be a struggle to find ways to be helpful leading up to the event. However, there are simple things you can do on both sides to help the holiday go as smoothly as possible. 

Keep reading for 12 things you should always do on Thanksgiving. 

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GUESTS: RSVP as far in advance as possible.

Hosts want to finalize their holiday plans just as early as guests do, so it's important to respond sooner rather than later if you've been invited to a Thanksgiving dinner.

Make sure to be upfront about when you'll arrive, if you're bringing another guest, and if you should bring along a side dish.  

GUESTS: Bring something.

Whether it be a bottle of wine, a dish for Thanksgiving dinner, or a personal gift, never come to a holiday celebration empty-handed. 


GUESTS: Put your phone away.

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with friends and family and appreciating all the positive things in your life. It's worth it to take a break from technology and enjoy the company of others, at least during dinner. 

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