Thanksgiving is a joyous occasion that marks the beginning of the holiday season. The day brings families and friends together across America to commemorate an important time in the country's early history. (It also gives everyone the perfect excuse to stuff themselves silly.) However, the cook doesn't have the luxury of lounging on the couch, snacking and watching football all day. He or she recognizes Thanksgiving dinner for what it really is -- a whole lot of work.
Pulling off a delicious multicourse meal for a crowd is made all the more stressful with bored children underfoot. Fortunately, HowStuffWorks has put together a list of ways to accomplish two seemingly impossible feats: making the meal preparation process easier and keeping children entertained, all in one fell swoop.