So – this is happening, whether you're ready or not. Ya know what? You'll be fine - no matter if you're hosting 30+ guests or are just expected to show up with a half-slurped can of Four Loko and deal with the whims and expectations of a potentially harried host.
Here's why: you're not alone. Not only are millions of people across the United States encountering the same stresses (and delights) - you've got Eatocracy on your side. We'll be at the ready, starting Wednesday afternoon through Thursday, via comments or on Twitter @eatocracy to offer culinary triage (zOMG! The turkey is still frozen and the gravy skinned over!), hosting wreck-checks (No, seriously, it's TOTALLY FINE if two people show up with Jell-O pretzel salad. And there's a gentle way to keep Uncle Merv from telling his room-clearing jokes. Everyone will emerge unscathed.) and just plain ol' sanity, solidarity and a few good jokes.
We've got plenty of fun surprises planned, but in the meantime, consider printing out these mantras and cross-stitching them on throw pillows or possibly taking them to the tattoo parlor:
Un-buckle up, follow our ongoing Thanksgiving advice, and get set to have an absolutely delicious day.
- Guzzle wine advice from Terroir and Food & Wine