With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you may be busy planning out what this year’s spread will look like. For many households, however, the holiday season will probably look much different than it has in year’s past. Instead of hosting large gatherings filled with smiling faces of family and friends, many of us may be opting for smaller and safer ways to celebrate the day of grace. That doesn’t mean, though, that you have to completely cut out the fun that you have this year.
Of course, you’ll want to make sure you take all of the necessary precautions and adhere to all of the guidelines presented by your local and state officials as the holiday approaches in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But whether or not you’re gathering with three or opt to spend it alone, there will still be plenty of activities for your to participate in and memories to be made for Thanksgiving this year. Not sure what to add to the schedule? Here are 11 Thanksgiving activities that everyone will love. If you’re still in need of some lighter recipes to help keep you from dragging through all of the activities, don’t forget to check out these 35 healthy Thanksgiving recipes to add to this year’s menu.
Plan a picnic.
Spending Thanksgiving with your small group, but don’t want to stay indoors? Pack up the food and take it outdoors! Just make sure you’ve planned out all of the right recipes.
Spend time online with long distance family and friends.
Decorating pumpkins isn’t only for the spookiest time of the year. Plan a pumpkin decorating contest where the winner takes home the honor of being crowned the best.
Have a list of outdoor activities planned.
Whether your crew loves a good kickball competition or just likes to play a friendly game of corn hole, nothing beats getting some fresh air before or after chomping down on some good food.
Throw a themed brunch.
Brunch isn’t just meant for the weekend; you can enjoy it on Thanksgiving too. Switch your traditional Thanksgiving celebration up a bit by opting to have a brunch instead. You can even take things a step further by having it be themed. From hosting a “tea party” brunch to only making French items, the options are endless.
Put up your Christmas tree.
While there is plenty of debate about when the right time may be to put up your Christmas decorations, if the gang is all together on Thanksgiving, it only seems fitting to do it then. Gather ’round the fire place and get ready to spread some holiday cheer!
Have the right drinks handy.
From apple cider to pumpkin spice, having the right fall-inspired drinks handy will take the day up a few notches. Not sure what to have on the menu? These easy fall cocktails should help you decide.
You can’t go wrong with a dessert baking contest.
Settle the debate of who has the best pie once and for all with a friendly dessert baking competition amongst friends and/or family. Attendees of this year’s Thanksgiving gathering will be the judge of who takes home the crown.
Binge-watch your favorite holiday movies.
Can’t wait until December 1 to watch The Grinch? Get a jump start on the holiday season by binging some of your favorite holiday movies to put you in the spirit. Just make sure you don’t forget to throw in a few Thanksgiving films too.
Create the perfect playlist and take a drive.
If you’re looking for a way to get outside without having to encounter many people this Thanksgiving, queue up some of your favorite tunes and take a drive. You can even pack a few leftovers, bring a blanket, and watch the sun set.
Have a dessert buffet.
While pumpkin pie and apple pie are sure to be the stars of this year’s dessert table, if you’re looking to spice things up this year, why not create a number of easy to make and no-bake desserts for endless options. And, they’ll save you plenty of time to do a number of other things.
Spend time online with long-distance family and friends.
Not able to spend time with your family in-person this year for Thanksgiving? Spend some time chatting with them on Zoom, Facetime, or Skype. You can even schedule online games, cocktail time, or even watch a movie together while catching up digitally.
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