Feeling a little tired with the same old Thanksgiving traditions? Not that sitting around a big table with your closest friends and family feasting doesn’t sound like a great time. You may be craving something more than just turkey and stuffing this year. Here are a few add-ons or alternative plans you may want to consider adding to your plate this Thanksgiving:
Instead of having it at someone’s home this year, have your family all meet up at a shared Airbnb in another state or vacation spot. You can even rent a camper and have Thanksgiving along the coast or in the middle of the dessert. Changing the scenery and enjoying nature and the new environment together will bring you closer.
Change Up The Setting
It’s okay to rotate Thanksgiving hosts each year. Have your family rotate who hosts Thanksgiving at their home.
Share Your Abundance With Others
There will be some who don’t believe they something to be grateful for this season. Share your love and gratitude with others. Show them kindness by helping someone in need.
Host a Hero
If you live in a military town, you can adopt a service member this Thanksgiving. They may not have family in town, funds or leave time to go visit their family this holiday. Invite them over for a home cooked meal.
Pack a picnic lunch or host a picnic potluck and celebrate Thanksgiving at a local park. Having your holiday earlier in the day means there is more time for the kids to play and burn off some energy while the adults enjoy the outdoors and sunshine together. You can even pack turkey sandwiches.
Run For It!
Participate in a Turkey Trot. Running during Thanksgiving may be the complete opposite of what you want to be doing, but many cities host these races to raise money for charities. You’ll feel amazing after your run and will feel good on the inside for helping those in need. You can then rationalize eating that full plate (or two) at Thanksgiving dinner.
Skip the chaos, stress and the mess and eat out this year. There are lots of restaurants that have a special Thanksgiving menu available.
Pick a Theme
Take this open menu concept and start a new tradition of having themed dinners during the holiday. Explore different cuisines and expand your cooking skills. Celebrate and be thankful for all the variety of cultures and foods that go along with it.
Pick a Cause
If you want to get involved in the community this Thanksgiving you can help a local charity or organization to remind you of the many blessings you have in your life. You can visit volunteermatch.com to find volunteer opportunities.
There is nothing wrong with wanting some one-on-one time with your immediate family. Sometimes Thanksgiving can get a little crowded and overwhelming. Get away and get some more quality time.
Thanksgiving is usually about traditions, but that doesn’t mean it has to be done the same way every time. Take this year to create a new family tradition by planning something different.
– By Lana Evans, Editor @Lana_Evans2