Hold a Family Meeting & Assign Tasks
Nowhere is it written that YOU have to do everything to get ready for Thanksgiving. Everyone in the family needs to pitch in to help get it all done. Have a meeting, discuss all the things that need to be done to prepare & then ask each family member what tasks they would like to do. If all you get are excuses, relax. Rather than getting upset, just take a breath & let your family know that they will be enjoying Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant this year. No threats. No sarcasm. Just tell them in a matter-of-fact manner. AND MEAN IT! You are busy too & you should not have to shoulder the responsibility for all the work. Everyone enjoys the meal. Everyone should help. Be strong! You will be doing a lot of work so there is nothing to feel guilty about. Thanksgiving is a family event. The family should help prepare!