I just want to wish everyone who is celebrating today, a very Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope you get to spend the day with lots of food and your loved ones (including your four-legged family members).
Thank you for following my blog. I am truly grateful for those who read my ramblings.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to give thanks for everything in your life. Gathering friends and family for a bountiful meal is a long-standing holiday tradition. Are you looking for a new tradition to go beyond gathering around the dinner table? Consider the following ideas:
- Donate one or two turkeys and all the fixings for a family in need
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter or other community organization
- Donate groceries or money to your local food bank
- Invite your elderly neighbor over for Thanksgiving dinner
- Unplug for social media. (Yes, wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, but then put your device on vibrate.)
- Bake (or order) an extra pie for your neighbor, dog groomer, hairstylist, postal worker, child’s teacher, bus driver, etc.
- Stay in your pajamas, eat a buffet-style breakfast, and watch the Thanksgiving parade together
- Make homemade Thanksgiving decorations, placemats, and name tags
- Set up a craft area to occupy children while you are preparing the meal.
- Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
- Binge-watch your favorite series
- Host a Friendsgiving
- If the weather allows, get aside as a family, go for a walk, go for a nature hike, or play touch football.
- Play cards or board games
- Participate in a Turkey Trot
- Go on a trip
- Take a group photo
- Write your Thanksgiving blessings on leaf-shaped notecards and hang on a tree. Or collect them to save in your scrapbook
Spending time together is the best tradition. Enjoy each other’s company during the downtime of the busy holiday.
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November is about recognizing the positive attributes happening in your life right now. Showing gratitude about your daily life is good for your well-being. Are you looking for ways to give thanks? Consider reaching out to someone in need or volunteering. If you need inspiration, check out the following list.
- Donate groceries to a food bank
- Volunteer at an animal shelter or rescue.
- Buy a coffee or hot chocolate for your co-workers
- Give flowers to your child’s teacher
- Cook a meal for a family going through a rough time
- Leave a tip above the standard rate
- Donate your gently used clothes to a women’s shelter (personal hygiene products are also a welcomed donation)
- Offer to drive an elderly person around to run errands or go to a doctor’s appointment
- Leave a positive review on social media about your recent restaurant visit. Give your waiter or waitress some positive feedback.
- Engage in a kind gesture. Hold the door open for someone. Or allow a person with a single item check out ahead of you and your cartload of groceries.
- At the drive-thru, pay for the next person’s order
- Write a thank you card to your favorite teacher.
- Volunteer at a nursing home.
- Take a bag of groceries to a relative or person in need.
- Volunteer or donate money to a soup kitchen or homeless shelter
- Volunteer to babysit
- Tape quarters inside of a dryer’s lid at the public laundry mat
- Tape quarters to a vending machine
- Donate toys for the holiday season
Finding small ways to give thanks may have a significant impact on another’s person day.