I tease my family a lot about how meals just appear by magic. And Thanksgiving must be the most magical of all meals. It’s a feat that only people with super powers can accomplish with ease.
My sister-in-law hosts Thanksgiving for our family every year with effortless grace. I’m talking 40-50 people on any given year. This year I’ll contribute a Calico Squash Casserole and Pumpkin Pie Mousse with Toasted Pecans, but otherwise my duties are pretty limited. We all do clean up, but she has streamlined it all so well, that clean up is quick and easy, even for 50 people!
Because I don’t host this feast, I have a lot more time to help out in other ways. Allowing me to organize activities for the day lets my sister-in-law keep her focus on her hocus-pocus!
9 Thanksgiving Day Activities:
- Turkey Trot: We start the day running (ok, walking!) at our area Turkey Trot. We get some healthy exercise all together and raise money for a good cause. Bonus, we feel like we have earned our piece(s) of pie. 😀
- Volunteer: Thanksgiving is one of the most popular days to volunteer. Sometimes it can be overwhelming for soup kitchens and shelters to train new volunteers, so think outside of the box for ways to help out. I have a friend who is making 50 pumpkin pies to donate. (WOW!) Last year she made trays of stuffing. She involves her children in preparing the food and delivering it to the recipients. Make a plate for your neighbor who isn’t well, or offer to deliver meals to shut-ins.
- Family Football Game: Multi-generational football games are so much fun. You don’t have to be a football fan to play. The kids really appreciate playing games like this with the grownups. One year, my grandmother caught the long pass. Naturally, that was an automatic win!
- Outdoor Scavenger Hunt: Another fun idea for all ages. But if you know you will be occupied in the kitchen and want to create an activity to keep the kids busy, this is a great idea. Here’s a link for a free printable kids’ scavenger hunt.
- Board Games and Puzzles: Put up a couple of card tables, set a puzzle on one and games on the others. If you put them out, they will come!
- Crafting: Set up a crafting table for the younger set. I bet you will see a grown up or two joining in because it’s fun! Check out this site for ideas.
- Gratitude A-Z game: Not only can this be hilarious, but it also includes the kids in the adult conversations. The first person must say something they are grateful for that begins with the letter A, the next gets B, and so on.
- Browse Through Photo Albums: This is a great time to pass down family stories and history. I’ve heard some of the stories a million times but still love hearing them. Pull out your video camera and make a lasting memory.
- Take a Family Photo: It’s not often we all get together so taking a photo when we can is important. These will become part of the stories you will pass down to your grandchildren. “That’s Uncle Pete, he laughed louder than anyone I’ve ever known!”
From our DinnerTime family to yours, may your Thanksgiving be filled with good food, family, friends and wonderful memories.
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