Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving has been reserved for gorging on leftovers and fighting the crowds for Black Friday deals. But as online deals become more prevalent and the Black Friday stampede becomes increasingly more violent, many are seeking out other opportunities, shelving the Christmas shopping for another day. Adults are seeking out more family-friendly alternatives, extending their “day of thanks” through the duration of their vacation. Here are a few fun options for you to consider in preparation for this November 28th.
1) Decorate for the holidays- The holiday season is one of the most exciting times of the year. The cooler weather, jolly music, and the anticipation of both giving and receiving. Everyone is in a great mood, excited about the chance to do for others. For this reason, many family enjoy stretching the holidays out as long as possible by starting their decorating early. You could even make your own holiday decorations—gather around the dining room table and make paper chains, popcorn garland or cookie ornaments.
2) Volunteer as a family- Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all we have. What better way to show your thanks than to give back to your community? Volunteer at the local soup kitchen or shelter. Have a neighbor in need? Get outside and rake your elderly neighbor’s yard or shovel snow. The feeling you get back will reward you ten-fold.
3) Express your gratitude through thankful letters- Each one of us has someone special in our lives that we give thanks for. Hand out pens and paper to each member of the family and have them write a letter to that someone special, giving them thanks for all they do. You will make the recipient’s day!
4) Get outside- The weather will dictate exactly what you can do, but it always feels good to get a little Vitamin D. Pack the family up for a hike, go to the beach for a picnic, or stay at home and play a friendly game of flag football. They are all great ways to work off those extra calories you ate at your Thanksgiving feast.
5) Game night- Family game night is one of my favorite nights! But with conflicting schedules, school functions, and homework, we don’t get to indulge nearly as often as I would like. Get out that game of Pictionary or Monopoly and make happy memories with your family that are sure to last a lifetime.
6) Go somewhere local and act like a tourist- So often we take for granted the amazing things that are right in our backyard. Check out the local sites, eat at a new restaurant, and take silly pictures. Fill a small picture album with photos from the day.
7) Build a campfire in your backyard- Who doesn’t love snuggling up by a warm fire? Built a fire in the backyard and roast hot dogs and marshmallows. Too cold for an outdoor fire? Cozy up on the couch and watch your favorite movie by the fire. Have you ever had a mountain pie? Here are some great recipes for you to try.
The holidays are meant to be about family, love, and giving thanks. They are a time to reflect on the events of the past year, share in the memories, and make new ones. What traditions have you and your family made for the day after Thanksgiving?