In a perfect world we would all be perfectly prepped and perfectly organized, well ahead of Thanksgiving. You'd have gravy and parbaked rolls in the freezer; there would be a turkey brining days ahead and pies cooling on the windowsill. Ha. Ha ha ha. Have you ever pulled that off? Not me. In my world, work gets crazy in the time leading up to Thanksgiving, and I've been that person looking fruitlessly for a thawed turkey at Trader Joe's on the morning before Thanksgiving.
But you know what? It doesn't matter. In fact, don't stress over getting all that work done ahead. Shop Wednesday morning and have a no-sweat Thanksgiving dinner ready on Thursday afternoon. This timeline shows you the way.