by Daisy Urgiles
Thanksgiving is the best time for family and friends to come together, gather around the table to give thanks for all their blessings. But this year’s festivities, however, may look a little different due to the ongoing pandemic. Although we may not be able to host large gatherings, there are still ways to make this year’s intimate celebration fun and special.
Here are nine clever ways to enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved one at home.
Although you can’t physically spend time with extended family members and friends, you can still connect with your loved ones by hosting a virtual Thanksgiving party. Get everyone on a Zoom call to enjoy dinner together, play a card game, or simply catch up and share what you’re most thankful this year.
If there’s one tradition we can keep this year, it’s waking up early to watch the much-anticipated Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Although the annual event will look slightly different—reimagined as a television-only event without a crowd—it will include theatrical and musical performances everyone in your household will enjoy.
Whether you’re looking for something to do while your turkey cooks or you simply want to keep the kids entertained, you can work on a fall-themed arts and crafts project. Create fun and easy crafts with leaves such as leafy wreaths, pressed leaf art, leaf-printed table linens and leafy mason jars.
If you’d rather avoid the stress of preparing an entire meal from scratch this year, opt for a Thanksgiving meal or dish from a local restaurant. Not only will you save time cooking and spend more time with your family, but you’ll also be supporting your community’s local businesses.
Another fun way to keep the kids entertained is by inviting them to take part in the dessert. Bake delicious sugar cookies and get creative while decorating with sprinkles, icing and thanksgiving-themed cookie cutters. Try baking these delicious Thanksgiving cookies and using them as nameplates on your dinner table.
Get everyone off the sofa and into the fresh air by going on a post-dinner walk around the neighborhood. A walk will help you burn off all those calories from dinner and make some room for dessert. Remember to wear a mask and comply with social distancing guidelines while enjoying the beautiful fall foliage.
Add some fun to your evening by playing traditional family games. Have a good laugh with a game of charades or enjoy the fall weather by stepping out to your backyard for a scavenger hunt or family football game.
Once you’ve had both dinner and dessert and are too stuffed to do any activities, try unwinding with a movie. Gather some pillows and blankets and get cozy with a classic fall film with the family. Here’s a list of 20 classic movies to watch in November at TCM.
Similar to keeping a gratitude journal to cultivate all that you’re thankful for, you can invite each of your family members to write what you appreciate the most about each other. After placing the papers in a jar, everyone can take turns picking out and sharing the heartwarming notes with one another after dinner.
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