When I decided to write about Thanksgiving traditions, I of course thought about food. After all, the Thanksgiving Day turkey feast is the star of the day. And, I am sure your family has its own set of traditions regarding stuffing vs. dressing, baked turkey vs. fried turkey or canned cranberries vs. homemade cranberry relish.
However, instead of focusing on food traditions I prefer to focus on the experience, not the food. I like a home that feels warm and inviting for its guests. Decorating the front porch or entryway is a good place to start. And, a prettily set table complete with a fall centerpiece makes the day festive.
Sticking to a simple color palette, like white and gold makes the occasion special without being stuffy. Or, you can make an impact with wood chargers, candlesticks and napkin rings painted in coordinating colors.
Watch how to create this fall metallic place setting, including how to paint gold designs on plain votive holders.
My ideal Thanksgiving includes an activity. It makes me feel less guilty about all the calories I consume and best of all, it’s fun!
Here are seven Thanksgiving Day activity ideas to get you started:
1. Visit the zoo – my favorite activity! The weather is cool, the animals are frisky and there are no crowds. (Be sure to check ahead to see if your zoo is open or has alternate hours. Restaurants or other attractions may be closed.)
2. Volunteer to serve food at your local shelter. (This is more about having a rewarding experience that makes you feel good about yourself.)
Let your guests decorate a Mason Jar with wired jute ribbon and a burlap flower clip. They can then take it home filled with leftover cookies or candies.
3. Gather everyone together and work on a craft project. Choose something easy or kid friendly that doesn’t take a lot of time – something your guests can take home with a feeling of pride.
4. Go outside and play football instead of watching football games on TV.
5. Take the family and the dog out for a walk to burn off some of those calories you consumed.
6. Watch the children perform a play or a puppet show and record it on video for playback at next year’s Thanksgiving celebration.
Ready-made decorations or DIY, Michaels has everything you need for the holidays.
7. Go shopping at Michaels to stock up on great deals on Christmas trees and decorations, as well as gifts.
This Thanksgiving, I hope you pause to count your blessings and savor the experience of having the people you love around you.
You can find more decorating and project ideas for your Thanksgiving celebration on our website.
What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Are you going to start a new one this year?