Evaluate your expectations.
Decide which expectations are achievable and which are not.
You need to enjoy the day too. The magic comes from sharing happiness and joy – not from how many courses are being served or how well the presents are wrapped.
Cook the bird!
Did you know turkeys contain tryptophan which our bodies use to make serotonin, a powerful brain-calming chemical? Make sure everyone has some!
Get out the de-caff.
When your body is under stress it produces cortisol which prepares you for ‘fight or flight’ situations. Caffeine does too; Offer everybody decaffeinated coffee and tea, or herbal tea alternatives, since this will help keep the stress levels down and has the added bonus that people may fall asleep after dinner….