Thanksgiving is a holiday based on family values and gratitude. It marks the beginning of a season filled with cheer, and it brings loved ones together to celebrate.
For fun, take note of the number of Thanksgiving traditions you’ve participated in. If it’s more than seven, you’re a Thanksgiving enthusiast!
Gather family and friends
Thanksgiving is best spent with those you love. Although the recent pandemic may have changed the way we get together, no holiday is complete without friends’ and families’ smiles. In-person or via video call, getting the group together is essential for every Thanksgiving.
Write down what you’re grateful for
The real meaning of Thanksgiving can get lost in the shuffle, and taking time to write down what you’re grateful for can make it more tangible. You can get creative with colorful paper and festive constructions or keep it simple with a list.
Eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal
Thanksgiving meals have evolved over the decades, but the most ‘traditional’ Thanksgiving meal includes turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, bread stuffing, rolls, a cranberry entrée, pie and occasionally a sweet potato or green bean casserole. For many Americans, the combination of these items gives a distinct Thanksgiving feel, and the leftovers from the huge portions mean you can enjoy Thanksgiving for several days after the festivities have ended.
Break the wishbone
The Y-shaped bone from a turkey is often set aside when the turkey is prepared. The dainty bone – which carries plenty of superstition – is pulled apart and broken by two people. Is said to bring good luck to whoever breaks the bigger half, and is a fun conclusion to the meal.
Take a nap
This tradition needs no explanation. All the stress of traveling or welcoming guests into your home coupled with a big meal means that after dessert is served… everyone might need some downtime to relax and digest all the Thanksgiving goodies. Turkey, one of the most commonly-consumed proteins at Thanksgiving, is known for containing high levels of Tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that triggers melatonin release and can help along your slowing down after dinner.
Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and National Dog Show
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been happening annually since 1924, tying it for the longest-running parade in the United States. The parade features larger-than-life balloons of cartoon characters, public figures and more. The parade is scheduled to air on NBC from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. in all time zones.
The National Dog Show airs after the Macy’s parade and features all kinds of breeds vying for the best in show title. The show has been in existence since 1879 and has been aired on television since 2002.
Get into some football
Football is as American as possible, so what better way to celebrate one of the United State’s most unique holidays than with a game (or two) of NFL football? If you’re not watching the game, perhaps you’re out in the yard playing catch with some family members, hosting your own pro football tournament.
Jog off some treats
Thanksgiving-day runs, often called ‘Turkey Trots’ are becoming more popular across the United States. The runs vary in distance, giving runners and walkers plenty of options. Most Turkey Trots have a fun twist, such as costume contests, bounce houses, and other activities everyone can participate in.
The spirit of Thanksgiving is exactly as stated – thanks and giving. Many people take this time of year to give back to their communities, whether it’s monetarily or donating their time. Working at a food bank, donating to a coat drive, or spending time with seniors in your community are just a few ways you can help others’ holiday season stay bright.
Shop Black Friday
Taking advantage of the biggest promotions of the year both in-store and online can be one of the most satisfying parts of Thanksgiving weekend. Snagging the perfect gift for a loved one or picking out something for yourself can become an essential part of Thanksgiving weekend.