Thanksgiving is an opportunity to celebrate togetherness, thankfulness, and even traditions. As we approach Thanksgiving, some people get really stressed out about how "everything has to be PERFECT". From food to decor, and family relationships to event timing, some people become overwhelmed with making sure this ONE DAY is perfect. Honestly, there is no such thing as perfection. Sure, on social media, it appears that some people have it more together than you do. However, to some of your friends, you just might appear to them that you have everything together more than they do. It's difficult to know what happens behind the technological screen. When you realize that there is no such thing as perfection, and you embrace that the holiday is about togetherness, and thankfulness, you just maybe a little at ease about incorporating a new tradition.
New tradition?!? What is traditional about bringing on something new? Well, in order to keep the holiday fresh and exciting, it could be beneficial to add something new.
Adding a tradition does not mean that you have to spend more money.
Especially with being bombarded with advertisements, and how spending money has become even easier (some apps allow you to pay with just a swipe of a finger), a Thanksgiving activity does not have to involve spending money. Here are some ideas I invite you to try this year for Thanksgiving.
Ideas that Involve Cellphones
Let's face it, as much as you may or may not need a break from the cellphone, the cellphone will most likely be present at Thanksgiving. Sure, you can try to make a rule about no technology at Thanksgiving. But then your guests might sneak the use of the cellphone, and the phone could be on their mind constantly. So why not integrate it into the holidays?
It’s based on a simple idea: People have hidden more than 3 million treasure stockpiles (known as geocaches) all around the world, and it’s your job to find them using only a GPS. To get started, simply download the Geocaching app or log in to the Geocaching website. Bonus: This activity may bring you to local spots you’ve never visited, which is a way to be a tourist in your own hometown.
- items that would weigh the same as the turkey
- items that may have been on the Mayflower
- items that have been at the most family Thanksgivings
- items that you are most thankful for
- Be creative!
Thankful Guessing Game
At the start of the day, encourage everyone to write a few things they're thankful for on slips of paper and place them into a jar. After the meal is over, take turns drawing a slip out and try to guess who put which "thanks" into the jar. Not only is it a fun way to see how much you all know about each other, it also encourages everyone to get creative about what they're thankful for this holiday.
Wishbone Scavenger Hunt
This is a great way to keep kids of all ages entertained during the post-meal lull. Early in the day, have teens or unoccupied adults think up scavenger hunt clues (bonus points for Thanksgiving puns) and hide them around the house and yard. Once dinner is over, send the little ones out to search for all of the hidden hints, leading them back to a secret spot where you've stashed the turkey's wishbone. The first two to arrive get to split the wishbone — the winner gets a wish, second place gets first pick of the desserts!
Let Everyone Toast
Another way to make gratitude gushing even more festive is to let everyone make a toast. Everyone at the table can make a toast, all ages!
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Meet Your Neighbors.
How about make a dessert plate for your neighbor and introduce yourself to your neighbors if you don’t know them very well. Does it have to be a 6-hour visit? No! But what a perfect opportunity to show gratitude and to get to know your neighbors. Be prepared that they will most likely either not be at home, or with family. But, take the chance, exchange some fun events that happened throughout the day, and see where it takes you!
Travis and I had just moved into our home, and our neighbors invited us over to spend some of Thanksgiving with them. It was a come and go event, and there was no pressure to stay all day. The food was fabulous, and the company was even better!