Eating a holiday dinner is fun, but helping get everything ready for the big meal can be a lot of fun too. Here are a few things you can do to help out.

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Boy and girl bakingEating a holiday dinner is fun, but helping get everything ready for the big meal can be a lot of fun too. Here are a few things you can do to help out.

Plan the menu. Talk with your family about what you want to have for your holiday dinner. Pick a couple side dishes to go with the main course, like vegetables, potatoes and salad. Then pick something for dessert.

Set the table. While your parents are busy carving the turkey, ham, or roast, offer to set the table. Fold the napkins and then place the forks on the left side of the plate and the knives on the right side.

Lend a hand in the kitchen. There are lots of dishes to get ready for a holiday feast, so ask your parents what you can help with. Maybe you can mash the potatoes or put the rolls in a serving dish. Make sure to ask your parents if you're not sure about certain kitchen tools, like knives.

Clean up. Give your parents a break when dinner is over and help with clean up. Sweep the floor or load the dishwasher so your parents don’t have to.

Your parents will be so happy to have your help. After a full day of cooking, eating and cleaning up, you can all enjoy a slice of pie for dessert.

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