There are so many ways to celebrate our gratitude. Before Thanksgiving this year, why not be intentional and choose a couple of new traditions to make the holiday feel meaningful and memorable?
~ Thank your body with movement by going on a “Turkey Trot” or walk
~ Make a donation of time or funds to share with others in need
~ Write things you’re grateful for on strips of paper, then daisy chain them together to create some festive decor – perhaps keep it up through Christmas or New Year’s!
~ Host a Friendsgiving gathering – no need to do a full spread, simplify with a Friends’ Pie Day! And perhaps if social distancing is in order, choose an outdoor spot to meet, or coordinate a drop-off and pick-up for a pie slice or cookie swap!
~ Give yourself and others the gift of your presence – little preparations can really free up your mind and time: like pulling out servingware and labeling each piece with a sticky note for which food goes where, or grouping ingredients by dish in the fridge and on the counter for easier meal prep
~ Set the table with special trimmings – plates, napkins, flowers/gourds/ candles/etc. Select a small favor or gift for each guest to incorporate into your tablescape.
~ Pick up a paper table cloth or a roll of butcher block paper. Lay it out with an array of Sharpies. Encourage everyone to tag the table with 3-5 things they are grateful for – encourage drawing, poems, creativity. Read the table after dinner and before dessert.
~ Grab the kids and get outside for a fun scavenger hunt activity. Give each kid a paper bag, a list of outdoor items, and a time limit. Have a prize for the winner – or, why not, prizes for all!