They use a system similar to the NFL Draft to maintain order and peace during their holiday preparations.
Everyone is well aware of the fact that prepping for Thanksgiving meals in any family ensues chaos. However, this ingenuous hack has been keeping a family's prep peaceful and it is inspired by The NFL. The football league has a proper plan in place to organize its players based on their skills. TikTok user @crcederberg shares how her family uses the same plan to avoid any chaos. According to NFL Football Operations, each of the 32 clubs gets one pick in each of the seven rounds of the NFL Draft.
Coming to the order of selection, it takes place according to the reverse order of finish in the previous season. "Barring any trades between clubs, each round starts with the team that finished with the worst record and ends with the Super Bowl champions. Teams that didn’t qualify for the playoffs are assigned draft slots 1-20. The order is determined by the standings at the end of the regular season: The club with the worst record will pick first and the one with the best record will pick 20th," the website reads.
Keeping this in mind, the family set out on their version for the holidays. “This is how I do Thanksgiving so that my siblings and I don’t kill each other,” the woman shared in their now-viral video. Just like the NFL Draft, "every dish has a point value from one to three: a cranberry dish is a one; turkey is a three. And we all draft what dishes we want to make."
She also revealed that the family also does this thing called the flex kitchen, "which basically means you hang out in the kitchen for an hour and your job is to keep the kitchen clean. So unload the dishwasher if it’s ready. Loading it. Helping out the people cooking. Whatever it takes to keep the kitchen moving.”
The perks of this style of planning ensure that everyone feels like they’re doing their fair share to help out. In Cederberg’s Thanksgiving Template, she shares that the meal's total point value is 56. That means each person in her family of seven gets to be in charge of 8 points. She also stated that a person can “trade” assignments after the draft is completed but owning a task means you’re responsible for the whole thing, “getting ingredients, prepping, cooking, and cleaning up after preparation.”
Many users were curious about the template with @optimistic87_ even joking, "I wanna know the root fight that happened where this was the solution." @beccaahenry added, "Okay but do you get a point for organizing the spreadsheet?" @emilyinlfp quipped, "Cry-laughing in eldest daughter." @jamie_broussard wrote, "The adjustment of flex kitchen points based on peak kitchen hour times is chef’s kiss." Some users said they just assign duties based on fixed roles they're already comfortable with. @alk2177 shared, "I’m just the Thanksgiving cook. It’s become my holiday and I’ve embraced it. My husband is my dishes man and other parties keep my kids out of my hair."