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9 Tips To Avoid A Thanksgiving Dinner Disaster

10/09/2015 01:04 EDT | Updated 10/09/2015 04:59 EDT

Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most anticipated feasts of the year.

And every time it comes around, we spend the day preparing our stomachs for it, and when it's finally served ... we eat our way into that sweet, sweet food coma.

But with all that hype comes a lot of pressure for those tasked with hosting and preparing the big family meal. And when the pressure's high, even the most seasoned home cooks can encounter a Thanksgiving dinner disaster, such as...


Forgetting key ingredients and having to do last-minute grocery shopping...




Leaving pets unsupervised around food...




Underestimating how long dishes take to cook (or defrost)...




Or overcooking them...



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Forgetting about the all-important wishbone...



Misplacing your cooking essentials...



And neglecting crucial steps...


Our HuffPost Canada Living Contributors have had their fair share of Thanksgiving disasters, too. They've kindly shared their stories with us, along with the lessons they learned, so that hopefully you can avoid making the same mistakes. Check out their stories and tips in the slideshow below, and share your own Thanksgiving disaster stories in the comments.

Happy Thanksgiving!

How To Avoid A Thanksgiving Dinner Disaster