Most of us share some pretty typical Thanksgiving traditions – the turkey, rolls, family, going around the table and saying what we’re thankful for, etc. But if you’re looking to “spice” up your Thanksgiving traditions, all you have to do is check out what your neighbors are doing. Here’s what I discovered:
1. Start off your day with a light breakfast and some outdoors time.
I don’t know about you, but I always feel so fat and lazy after our Thanksgiving meal. Going for a walk in the morning, playing a game of frisbee with your family, or going for a short hike is a great way to feel fresh, and take a quick break before spending the whole day in the kitchen. Plus, it’s fun time to spend with the family.
2. Do Thanksgiving somewhere else.
Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is a LOT of work. If you’re looking to just relax and let the dishes take care of themselves, reserve a table for you and your family at a restaurant. Or, if you normally spend Thanksgiving at your own home, switch things up and rent a cabin, go to a family member’s home, or do Thanksgiving with a neighbor.
3. Serve someone.
Invite the elderly couple in your neighborhood to spend Thanksgiving with you. Go to a homeless shelter and volunteer to help serve Thanksgiving there. Take notes to family and friends expressing gratitude for the things they’ve done for you. Go visit someone you know in the hospital. Or visit someone you don’t know! Guaranteed, this will be one of the more memorable Thanksgivings you and your family will have.
4. Emphasize gratitude, not food.
I’ve heard of some people who use butcher paper tablecloths and everyone writes what they’re grateful for throughout the day. Other people cut out little leaves and write what they’re thankful for and then make a tree on the wall with it. Or, do show and tell – have each person bring an object that symbolizes what they’re grateful for, such as a picture of a family member, a blanket, a wedding ring, scriptures, a favorite toy, etc. Have story time about people and events that you’re grateful for in your life. There are so many ways to fill the day with gratitude – it’s just about choosing which one you like best!
5. Go somewhere for a family activity.
Whether it’s a family hike, sledding, visiting another family member’s home, going to a movie, checking out local events, it will be some great quality time. Avoid the cabin fever and go for a drive, a bike ride, or take another walk. It’s never a bad idea to get moving after eating so much food.
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