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Survive The Start Of The Holiday Season With These Tips

As the unofficial start to the holiday season, Thanksgiving is a busy time full of travel plans, good food, friends and family. These tips from the Federal Citizen Information Center can help make this time less hectic and more fun.

If you're flying this holiday season, make sure you brush up on the latest rules and regulations from the Transportation Security Administration. Find out what items are safe to pack in your carry on before heading out, and on your way you can check for any airport delays or last minute flight changes from the "My TSA" mobile app.

mg_camouflage.jpgPreparing a Thanksgiving feast is no easy task and if it's your job to cook, you want to make sure you serve a memorable meal. Start with recipes for healthy Thanksgiving dishes and get tips on cooking for a crowd to make the task more manageable. Feel free to recruit friends and family to help you cook, but make sure everyone brushes up on food safety guidelines, like keeping raw meats away from other foods and cooking poultry to 180 degrees.

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular days for people to volunteer. You can find a way to give back to your community, but make sure you call ahead first to see if they still need help. Some places get so many volunteers on Thanksgiving, they have to turn people away. If that's the case, consider giving your time on a different day.

Enjoy the food that you get to eat this time of year without worrying about packing on the pounds. Make time for a family walk after you eat your turkey to help your food settle, or if you're looking for a bigger challenge, sign the family up for a local turkey trot race. If you're a Black Friday shopper, park farther away from the mall and walk the extra distance and take the stairs instead of escalators when you're inside. Sneaking in extra movement will help offset that second slice of pie.

For more tips on making the most of your Thanksgiving holiday, visit the Thanksgiving page. Whether you're staying close to home or traveling to see family this Thanksgiving, you'll be ready with this information from the Federal Citizen Information Center.


The Federal Citizen Information Center connects people with government benefits, services and information through its family of websites, including,, and; by phone at 1 (800) FED-INFO (that's 1 (800) 333-4636) and with publications by mail from Pueblo, Colorado. FCIC is part of the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services.


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Posted on November 16, 2010

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