How to deal with holiday headaches

How to deal with holiday headaches

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Everyone wants that perfect holiday dinner, but not everything always goes to plan. Everyone wants that perfect holiday dinner, but not everything always goes to plan.
"There was one year I forgot to check the expiration on the yeast, so my nice wonderful homemade bread that was supposed to grace the dinner table turned into breadsticks," Sue Beverly said. "There was one year I forgot to check the expiration on the yeast, so my nice wonderful homemade bread that was supposed to grace the dinner table turned into breadsticks," Sue Beverly said.
"If you are truly are genuinely Martha Stewart, honestly look in the mirror. Are you Martha Stewart? If you are, go for it," said Shannon Warden. "If you are truly are genuinely Martha Stewart, honestly look in the mirror. Are you Martha Stewart? If you are, go for it," said Shannon Warden.

By KRISTIN FARLEY
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Are you feeling the stress of the holidays yet? Whether you plan to travel, join extended family for a big gathering, or host Thanksgiving dinner, a lot of us can get overwhelmed and frustrated.

Holiday headaches are common, and while not all can be prevented, some can.

Everyone wants that perfect holiday dinner, but not everything always goes to plan.

Almost everyone 6 News talked with had a story, including Sue Beverly with the Ronald McDonald House. She has quite a reputation for whipping up memorable food, including a roasted fall vegetable tart.

On Thanksgiving, the Ronald McDonald house can see dozens, if not hundreds of people filter through their kitchen for a bite to eat. These days, Beverly oversees the massive meal, but when she first started, she also did a lot of the cooking.

"I could kind of smell something burning after 3 to 4 hours, and as God as my witness, I did not know a turkey had two holes. So, I had forgotten to get the stuff out of the neck cavity," said Beverly.

With her years in the kitchen, Beverly says if she can pass on any advice to others, besides checking all the turkey's cavities, she says to look closely at all your ingredients.

"There was one year I forgot to check the expiration on the yeast, so my nice wonderful homemade bread that was supposed to grace the dinner table turned into breadsticks," she said.

Pre-planning, like getting all your linens and dishes out can help for big meals, making lists of what you need to get done can save time. and setting realistic expectations for any holiday activity can be your saving grace.

"If you are truly are genuinely Martha Stewart, honestly look in the mirror. Are you Martha Stewart? If you are, go for it," said Shannon Warden.

Family counselor Shannon Warden encourages couples to talk about how they will celebrate holidays, even before they get married. She says they can be a source of stress for so many reasons.

"Sometimes we think the holidays are magical and they transform people into these kind, wonderful, thoughtful people that they aren't normally, but it just doesn't work like that," said Warden.

Warden has loads of good advice on her blog for this season, including preparing for the grandparent who wants to dole out too many desserts and how to talk to relatives you rarely see. She, too, has had some holiday headaches.

"The last two holidays I have tried to prepare these meals, and the oven is not used to working this hard. Then, right about the time it's time to serve it locks up like it's going to clean, self-clean," she shared.

Help is also available for more serious problems like depression. For more tips on dealing with holiday stress, click here.

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