DECORATE THE TABLE
Look, your Thanksgiving dinner setting does not need to look like it came right off the pages of Southern Living. Let the kids plan the place settings and decorations for the table. A week or a few days ahead of time, supply them with construction paper, safety scissors, glue and washable markers, and let them make a custom place card for every guest, as well as fun place mats or centerpieces.
Few of us look at a cluttered post-Thanksgiving table full of dirty plates and silverware, and find ourselves anxious to start cleaning up. But you can encourage your children to help by incorporating a discussion of future plans for the next Thanksgiving. What was their favorite side dish? What dish will they make next year? Who should we invite? This post-dinner clean-up and conversation can become a yearly tradition, and the dishes will be done before you know it.