Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude and spending quality time with family; it’s the perfect time to continue or begin family traditions.
Here are some great family activities to try out this holiday.
1. Macy’s Day Parade
This year will be the 89th Annual Macy’s Day Parade. Watching the parade is a long-time Thanksgiving Day tradition for many American families. For details on the parade this year, click here.
2. Turkey Trot Run
As these types of runs grow increasingly popular, check to see if your town is hosting a Turkey Trot Run. Turkey Trots are usually open to the whole family, and as proceeds often go to charities it’s a great way to give back on a day of gratitude. Not to mention, it’s a great way to get some exercise before the big feast!
3. Touch Football
With a chaotic Thanksgiving morning, it may be a good idea to send some of the family outside (away from the kitchen) for some athletic bonding. Football is traditionally the sport of the day, but if you have little ones, try some Touch Football to keep it kid-friendly.
4. Thanksgiving Table Crafts
Another way to keep the kids occupied is to have them build Thanksgiving decorations for the table. The kids will have fun making their personal contribution and this could be a great time to sneak in a lesson on how to set the table while they’re at it. Here are some awesome craft ideas here.
5. Discuss Family History
With all of the relatives around, what better time to discuss family genealogy? You may want to bring out some photo albums to help refresh old memories or build a family tree with the little ones. If you want to keep it simple, ask each family member to tell their favorite family story. The warm memories are sure to bring many smiles!