Thanksgiving is a reminder of the importance of family, friends, and traditions. This year is a great opportunity to create new traditions and enjoy old traditions too. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I love to watch families come together. Our global pandemic has the holidays looking different for everyone, but that does not mean that the celebration cannot be meaningful.
We must stay focused on the beauty of Thanksgiving while we
engage in meaningful activities that celebrate the true meaning of the holiday. Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to highlight our gratitude. It calls for us to come up with creative ways to connect with the ones we love. Here are my tips:
7 Meaningful Thanksgiving Tips
1. Gratitude letters and calls
Make a list of people you are thankful for and tell them about it. The simple act of making a call or writing a note can be so very encouraging.
2. Give back as a family
Find an organization that supports others in need during the holiday. It’s the perfect time to give back to the community as a family.
3. Create your own Turkey Trot
The 5K Turkey Trot may be canceled, but the virtual run/walk in your neighborhood is as fun as you make it. Find a cause you love and create your own Turkey Trot.
4. Gather for a family movie
Select a great family movie and gather as a family to enjoy. It a fun way to pause from the world and cuddle up together.
5. Virtual meet-ups can be fun
Who can do the best charades or Pictionary? Use your computer to connect with family near and far. It’s a safe way to visit with the people you love.
6. Do a recipe share with family
What are your family’s favorite recipes, and how do you cook the dish? Thanksgiving can be a time to connect to talk about the favorite dishes and maybe even write a family cookbook.
7. Create a family picture collage
Grab fun family pictures to tell a story about the day. It could be a story about cooking, games, or simple family fun.
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate this holiday, make it memorable by including your family and expressing your thankfulness to and for them. This is how we make Thanksgiving last long after the turkey is gone!