33 Days to Christmas! Get Ready For Black Friday Sales

If your shopping pulse races at the thought of post-Thanksgiving sales, heads up! The better prepared you are, the more likely you'll score the items on your list on Friday--at the price you want to pay.

To make your list and plan your shopping strategy as information comes to light, try our free printable Black Friday sales planner:

"Black Friday" Holiday Sales Planner

35 Days to Christmas! Set The Thanksgiving Table

Dashing around at the last minute, chanting, "Where's the serving spoon, where's the serving spoon?" is a holiday tradition that can stand to be forgotten.

Cut chaos on the big day: set the table early!

If you're hosting Thankgiving dinner, set the table a day or two ahead. Place a small sticky note inside serving dishes to remind you (or your helpers) what goes where.

You'll have time to shine up a tarnished platter or rout out missing serving pieces--in blessed privacy.

36 Days to Christmas! Double Up On Side Dishes

When cooking for the Thanksgiving feast, plan to double or triple amounts for any freezer-friendly dishes, and tuck the extras into the freezer for later use.

Good freezer candidates include unbaked pie shells, unbaked pies, unbaked stuffing and--surprise!--mashed potatoes. Doubling up when you cook for Thanksgiving will ease the kitchen load in the weeks ahead!

Cook once, feast twice ... for an organized holiday season.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe for Freezer Cooking

37 Days to Christmas! Make Thanksgiving Blessings Mix!

Will you share your blessings with family and friends this year? Make your blessings visible with Thanksgiving Blessings Mix!

This easy-to-assemble craft gift makes great Thanksgiving table favors, classroom treats or workplace favors. A savory snack mix, each ingredient symbolizes one of our nation's many blessings.

A free printable gift tag makes it easy to make and share this Thanksgiving craft gift.

Thanksgiving Craft: Make Thanksgiving Blessings Mix

38 Days to Christmas! Check Bags And Containers

What's a holiday cook's best friend? Disposable food storage containers--and their convenient cousins, zipper food storage bags.

In the holiday kitchen, disposable containers hold baked goods for giving, keep leftovers in order and line up for mise-en-place duty during holiday cooking sessions. Lightweight and inexpensive, they nest neatly and travel well to new homes. Best of all, holiday themes and colors make a simple cookie gift more festive.

Take a moment today to check stocks of food storage containers and zipper bags.

Need more? Add them to the shopping list and be on the lookout for holiday-themed containers at sale prices in coming weeks.

39 Days to Christmas! Stock Up On Freezer Meals

A stockpile of frozen dinners is a seasonal stress-buster during the month of December. This week, add a few ready-to-cook meals to the freezer to prepare for the busy weeks ahead.

Whether you try traditional once-a-month cooking methods, buy premade meals at the warehouse store, or pay a visit to one of the new freezer cooking franchises, setting aside a stock of easy family dinners will cut stress during the Christmas season.

Learn more about freezer cooking:

Feed the Freezer: Complete Freezer Cooking Guide

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