Your Thanksgiving survival guide

A Thanksgiving table
Soy-brined turkey, center; sausage-cornbread stuffing, left; and pumpkin-Gruyère gratin, bottom.
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

As you’ve doubtless noticed, it’s almost Thanksgiving — the one meal of the year that people invest with the most meaning, spend the most time worrying about, and thus freak out over the most. Calm down. We’re here to help.

We’re also here to remind you that it’ll all work out in the end, and so it’s important to take some time to have an actual holiday. Sit down, pour yourself a drink (tea works admirably, too), and put everything into perspective. Because this holiday is about giving thanks for friends and family and all the good things we have — and not about having a nervous breakdown over mashed potatoes.