No other holiday in the U.S. is as steeped in tradition as Thanksgiving. The turkey, stuffing, pies, football, and afternoon naps are a staple of families everywhere.
Why not spice things up this year with new activities that are certain to become new holiday traditions?
- Photo op of the family/friends: If you want to go crazy, you could have props like turkey hats and pumpkin costumes or ask everyone to be color-coordinated. Just remember, it’s not about looking like a Hallmark movie. It is about making memories with family and friends.
- Turkey Day Cocktail: Celebrate the season with a fun spin on the holiday cocktail. There are many to choose from, but a surefire crowd-pleaser is Applejack Sour. A dash of nutmeg and maple syrup, along with a few simple ingredients, creates this delightful taste of fall. The recipe can be found at Bon Appetit.
- Gratitude guessing game: Have everyone write down things that they are grateful for from the past year on index cards. Then have someone read them; you have to guess who wrote them. This is a fun way to recognize our blessings and share our joy with others.
- Donation Drive: Ask family members to bring a donation of clothing, preferably a coat or sweater, to give to a homeless shelter.
- Take time to visit: Family members who may be alone, unable to travel, or in a nursing home can feel incredibly alone this time of year. If you can’t go in person or FaceTime them, at least give them a call and tell them they are important.
There is no right way to celebrate Thanksgiving. What is important is that we share this time with those we love and remember to give thanks for all the blessings in our lives, not just on the holiday but all year long.