Thanksgiving is less than 5 days away so we’re going to take a break from travel-related articles and instead focus on this long-standing tradition.
As you probably already know, this holiday is one with a name that says it all- it is a day that’s all about giving thanks and celebrating all the things, tangible or abstract, we should be grateful for. Traditionally speaking, most of us take this opportunity to step away from our own personal spaces and find it in our hearts to spend time with the people we love and care about.
We’ve said it a few words ago- Thanksgiving is not just a day of celebration, it’s a tradition we are all too familiar with- plates with generous helpings of roast turkey, family and friends sitting together in the living room to watch the parade, or maybe even going out to witness a football game. But if you’re looking to put a little twist to the tradition, here are some ways you can make this holiday unique to your family:
- Have everybody cook
Don’t just leave the responsibility of cooking to Mom. Get the whole family involved in planning what food to place on the table. You could have mom take care of the main dishes but have the children help prepare the dessert. It might seem like a lot of work at first but believe us, you’ll feel not just full but also fulfilled after eating.
- Write the top 5 things you are thankful for. More often than not, people take this holiday for granted. They just go about Thanksgiving mindlessly through traditions but how about actually getting into the spirit of it? After you’ve all had your delicious Thanksgiving dinner, take the time to write what you’re thankful for then share it with everybody. This may look boring for some but we can assure you that everyone will feel appreciated afterwards.
- Pay it forward.
Not everybody has someone to celebrate with on Thanksgiving so why not extend a hand by inviting a friend you know is alone? There’s no better way to spend Thanksgiving than actually having someone tell you how grateful and delightfully surprised they are that they don’t have to celebrate it in solo mode.
- Plan out exciting games.
Instead of just lounging about in the dining or living room with your stomachs full of turkey, have a series of fun games for everybody. Assign a game master for each set and let every friendly battle mentally and physically challenge you and your loved ones. Whether it’s a traditional game of football at the park or a mystery run to search for clues, you’re definitely going to remember this year’s Thanksgiving- hey, you might even make this a part of your tradition!
- Spend it someplace else.
If you’re up for a 360-change in Thanksgiving celebration, then we suggest you do it far from home. An out-of-town trip is something you could do alone or with your loves ones or if you really want an adventure, go for a tropical holiday in the beautiful islands of the Philippines if not now then for the next year. Once you see this paradise, then there’s definitely something you should be thankful for.