Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather around a festive table with your loved ones to enjoy turkey with the trimmings. However, it can be a heck of a lot of work to get everything done. From planning the menu and shopping to preparing and serving the food, the level of energy required is monumental. Instead of being stuck in the kitchen all day with cooking and cleanup while your family and friends relax, follow these easy ideas (or a combination) to simplify your holiday meal. These shortcuts can be especially helpful if you volunteer or work on Thanksgiving Day, are tight on time, want less work, or if you’re looking to tailor your recipe for fewer guests.