Are you ready for the Thanksgiving weekend? The upcoming holiday includes large family gatherings, traveling, and community events. Or you could be opting to stay close to home. Whether you are gathering with family or friends, check out the following last-minute Thanksgiving ideas to make your holiday more memorable.
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Thanksgiving is only a couple days away. Consider simple last-minute decorating to make your home more festive.
Paper Placemats: Creating paper placements is a fun activity for little ones. Use large pieces of construction paper to draw, paint, or color Thanksgiving designs. If you want to save your creation as a keepsake, laminate the final product. (Don’t have a laminator? You can still save your project with clear contact paper).
Place Cards: Fold notecards in half and decorate. Add a name, stickers, or other designs to your place cards. Creating place cards is another fun activity for children. Younger children may need help with writing out the names.
Thanksgiving Banner: Create a Thanksgiving banner out of construction paper or use a poster board. Write out Happy Thanksgiving. Asking all your guests to sign your banner is a great way to create a lasting keepsake.
Thanksgiving Centerpiece: Create a cornucopia or other type of Thanksgiving centerpiece for your table. A wicker basket with fall-themed flowers, gourds, or other nature items is a perfect budget-friendly centerpiece.
Flowers: Fill your favorite vases with fresh flowers. Or make small decorations with fake flowers. Bright yellow and orange flowers add a touch of color to your table setting.
Additional Table Embellishments: Gourds, miniature pumpkins, turkey figurines, and other small items create the perfect Thanksgiving table decorations.
Tree of Thanks: Use a small branch or paint a tree on a piece of poster board. Cut out leaf shapes from different colors of construction paper. On each leaf, write down a reason why you are grateful. Give a pre-cut leaf to each of your guests. Soon, your tree of thanks will be full of colorful leaves.
Even the simplest decorations enhance your Thanksgiving atmosphere. Have fun with the creation process. If you do not have supplies on hand, check out your local dollar store for materials at a low cost.
Thanksgiving brings lots of food and family to your home. Are you looking to incorporate movie night with your Thanksgiving holiday celebration? If you are searching for ideas, check out the following family-friendly shows for Thanksgiving.
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Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Are you ready for the holiday festivities? Do you want to add Thanksgiving-themed entries to your journal? If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following journal prompts for Thanksgiving.
Create a gratitude list for Thanksgiving. Try to reach a minimum of 10.
Did you list people on your gratitude list? How do you show you are grateful to have those people in your life? Could you do more to thank them? If so, what would you do?
What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Are you hosting a Thanksgiving? Or traveling? Describe your plans in detail.
Are your plans your normal Thanksgiving tradition? Or are you doing something different this year? What is the same or different for Thanksgiving 2022?
If you are hosting, do you plan to cook the entire meal? Or do others help you?
Is there a special dish or recipe you serve yearly at Thanksgiving? Why is the recipe so special?
What is a traditional Thanksgiving dish that will not be on your dinner table this year? Why?
Who are you planning to invite to your Thanksgiving meal? Are you having extended family over? Or friends?
What new Thanksgiving tradition do you plan to start this year?
Why are Thanksgiving traditions important to you and your family?
If you could invite anyone to Thanksgiving, who would be at your dinner table? Why do wish this person could attend?
Growing up, did your family host big Thanksgiving dinners? Describe a typical Thanksgiving from your childhood?
What was the best part of your childhood Thanksgivings? Why?
Do you still incorporate traditions or activities from your childhood into your own Thanksgiving plans? What are they? Do you change them at all?
Describe earliest memory of Thanksgiving?
Are you planning to participate in Black Friday shopping the day after Thanksgiving? Why or why not?
What was your favorite Thanksgiving ever? Why?
Are you married, engaged, living with a person? Write about your first Thanksgiving as a couple.
Write about your first Thanksgiving as a family. (Yes, your dog counts as family)
Have you ever been to restaurant on Thanksgiving? Describe your experience. Would you go again? Why or why not?
Did you ever march or attend a Thanksgiving parade? If you marched, write about your experience. Were you in the band or did you ride a float? If you attended, what was the best part about being a spectator?
Describe how your kitchen smells, sounds, or feels when cooking or baking on Thanksgiving?
If you were talking to someone from another country, how would you describe your Thanksgiving celebrations?
Do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade on television? What is your favorite part? Why?
Do you believe Thanksgiving should receive more recognition as a holiday? Why or why not?
After Thanksgiving, write about how your day went? Did everything go according to plan?
What was the best part about your Thanksgiving 2022?
Thanksgiving is almost here! Are you ready for the holiday? Do you plan to post a lot of photos on your social media platforms? Hashtags are the best way to draw attention to your posts. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following hashtags for Thanksgiving.
Who is ready for November? The holiday season is quickly approaching. November brings Election Day, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving Day. Are you ready to capture every moment? If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for November.
Your Thanksgiving feast is history. Now the time is right to just relax and watch television. Are you looking for a kid-friendly show to watch on Thanksgiving? Check out the following list. Please note: As an Amazon affiliate I earn income from qualifying purchases.
Thanksgiving is almost here! Are you looking for a new Thanksgiving tradition to start this year? Or perhaps expand on your existing traditions. Making memories is the best part of the holiday season. If you are searching for new Thanksgiving traditions to start this year, check out the following list.
Decorate: Get crafty. Decorate as a family project. Thanksgiving decoration ideas include placements, name holders, and centerpieces.
Being Grateful: When sitting around the dinner table, ask your family and friends, why are you grateful this year? If you do not want to say your reason out loud, write on a pumpkin. Or jot your message down on precut leaves to hang on a tree.
Saying Grace: Start a new tradition of praying before you and your family eat Thanksgiving dinner.
Get Outdoors: Spend some time outdoors. Play football, go for a hike, go on a nature walk, or be part of a fun run (Turkey Trot).
Bake Together: Make the meal together as a family. Dig out an old family recipe to make. Tell a story about the person who originally made the recipe.
Volunteer as a Family: Many organizations cater to the homeless on Thanksgiving. Volunteer as a family to homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or other community organization.
Attend a Thanksgiving Parade: Parades are popular on Thanksgiving. If you cannot attend one in person, watch one a television.
Family Photos: Before everyone gets too tired from eating all that delicious turkey, take family photos.
Make Memory Cards: Ask each person to write a Thanksgiving memory. Memory cards are an easy way to learn about your family history.
Record Family Stories: Use your cell phone to record family stories. Or ask each person to tell you the best part of the day.
Board Games: After clearing the table, pull out board games. Old favorites, Monopoly, Life, or Sorry, are always a wonderful way to engage your family.
Watch Football: Get comfortable after the big meal and watch your favorite team.
Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: Who cannot resist Snoopy and the gang? Or you could kick off the Christmas season by watching A Miracle on 34th Street.
Thanksgiving Journal: After everyone is asleep or watching television, take a moment to write in your journal about Thanksgiving 2021.
Happy Thanksgiving! What tradition will you start this year?
Can you believe next week is Thanksgiving? Busy roads are always a major part of the holiday weekend. If you are driving to your destination, consider the following tips for safe Thanksgiving travel.
Lists: Start by making a list or two of all the essentials for your long holiday weekend. Consider making a list for each person and your fur babies. Cross items off your lists as you begin to pack and load your vehicle.
Vehicle Maintenance: Before leaving for your destination, do a quick maintenance check on your vehicle. Check the tire pressure, oil level, antifreeze level, brake fluid, and the condition of the wiper blades.
Get Gas Early: If possible, get gasoline early to avoid long lines at the pump. Also, gas prices increase with demand.
Arrival Time: Know exactly when you need to be at your destination to adjust your driving time. Give yourself extra time to get to your destination.
Pack and Load: If possible, start packing early. Clothing and other non-perishable items are easily the first items to cross off your list. Try to load as much as possible into your vehicle the night before your departure time.
Road Trip Snacks: Depending on the amount of driving time, snacks are an essential especially if you have children in the car. Plus, packing your own road-trip snacks and beverages saves time and money.
Be Flexible: Leave early to avoid the traffic. Wednesday and Sunday are the busiest travel time for Thanksgiving weekend.
Stop When Needed: Do not be afraid to take breaks. Around each one hundred miles, try to stop at a rest area or local café. Breaks are not a luxury but a priority. Remember for your own safety to lock your vehicle at every stop.
Weather Watch: The weather changes quickly. Use a local weather app or your GPS to watch for any sudden changes. Pack an emergency kit for your vehicle including a first aid kit, phone charger, and extra blankets.
Be Mindful: Watch out for other drivers. When people are in a hurry, mistakes happen in an instant. Be alert. Follow the rules of the road. Don’t speed. And avoid alcohol consumption.
Child Safety: Secure children in the age-appropriate car seats. Bring favorite toys, games, videos, music, and other items for entertainment on the road.
Most of all, make your road trip an adventure. Have fun. Stop and take photos. Enjoy every minute of the trip.