Sharp kitchen knives are important all year round, but they are absolutely essential during the holiday season. Not only will you be chopping more vegetables and herbs than usual, you might also be carving up a ham leg, and that pig has bones.
Before you plan your menu, before you even think about what you'll need, take your knives—and your kitchen shears—and get them sharpened immediately.
Do not try to do this yourself (unless you have already done this yourself), and do not think your knives are “probably fine.” Unless you are the kind of person who watches and (angrily) comments on knife videos on the internet, your knives are not fine, and they are definitely not ready for the amount of food prep that turkey day requires. Take them to a professional and have that professional sharpen them professionally. If you are going to be butterflying, your shears need some attention as well.
If you are going to your parents’ house for the holiday season, tell them to get their knives sharpened, as the knives of a certain generation are always the dullest. (Or is it just my parents who refuse to sharpen a blade?) If they do not comply, purchase a knife roll and bring your own (freshly sharpened) cutting implements.
Attend to your knives now, before your brain gets distracted by the meal planning and “company is coming” cleaning. Sharpen them now, and sharpen them well.