Ready for Thanksgiving? Make sure you do these 6 things before Thursday

Rebecca King and Joshua Bote, USA TODAY
Ready for Thanksgiving? Make sure you do these 6 things before Thursday

Thanksgiving is Thursday. We hope you're ready for all the gut-busting food — but more importantly, we hope you're planning ahead so that you and your family have an enjoyable day.

Between cooking up endless side dishes, making sure that the turkey isn't dry, steering the conversation away from tense affairs, and cleaning after your guests have left for the evening, there's just so much on your plate to tackle.

If you're not ready, we don't blame you. It's a hectic day. But never fear: We're here for you. Here are the resources you need to make this Thanksgiving a success! 

1.) Avoid holiday burnout with these easy hacks

Chefs taste test store-bought Thanksgiving sides in the Columbian Club of Westwood on Tuesday October 29, 2019. Paul Beaugard from Bogie’s Hoagies in Hawthorne tasted three types of stuffing.

Holiday burnout is more common than you may think. Between prepping the big feast, making sure your family behaves and trying not to burn the bird, you may be feeling overwhelmed.

Are you too tired for Thanksgiving?: Join the club, then follow these hacks

2.) Be prepared to avoid kitchen disasters

If you're hosting your first Thanksgiving, this list is for you: helpful tips to avoid kitchen disasters.

Oh no! You've burned the bird!: Last-minute kitchen tips to avoid Thanksgiving disasters

3.) Know your holiday wine pairings

Every Thanksgiving dish — from the canned cranberry sauce to Grandma's special mac and cheese — needs a wine as a companion. 

Thanksgiving wine pairing tips: What to drink with each dish

4.) Brush up on Thanksgiving etiquette

The Thanksgiving dinner table is a prime breeding ground for tense conversations, especially when it comes to politics. Brush up on how to handle — and de-escalate — potentially stressful interactions with your guests.

Be 'polite and friendly,' but dodge: How to navigate awkward political conversations at the Thanksgiving table

5.) Get the latest on this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Here's what you need to know about this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with the new floats that are on display.

What to know: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2019

Sneak peek: A sneak peek at five new floats to debut at Thanksgiving Day Parade

6.) Clean your oven

Don't fear the self-clean button on your oven. It might seem scary, at first, but your oven's done a lot of heavy lifting this Thanksgiving. Give it a good clean.

Know your stuff: Thanksgiving is coming. Here's how to clean your oven

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How to prepare for Thanksgiving: 6 things to do before Thursday