For most Americans, the kitchen will be the center of activity for the next day or two. Many kitchens probably don't have all the utensils typically used just for Thanksgiving meal preparation.
Martha Stewart had a "Good Things" article on what to use as substitutes for those specific tools you may not own. Click here to view the online article.
Like Nordstrom, I celebrate one holiday at a time. My condo is still awash in pumpkins, gourds, and mums. BUT the morning after Thanksgiving, I hang my huge, lighted wreath above the mantle and pull out the Christmas napkins and place mats and some Christmas mugs I've had for ages. Slowly I'll replace fall with Christmas. I use mostly natural materials like paper white narcissus, greens, amaryllis and red twig dogwood but for bling, I add lots of colored glass balls in all sizes and colors.
What is the first thing you do to get ready for Christmas?
Enjoy the day and all your blessings. See you Monday.