10 Free Things to do on Thanksgiving Weekend

Nov 20, 2020 | Family Life

This Thanksgiving weekend is a little different. When you have a ‘stay-at-home’ Thanksgiving how can you make it great? The first thing to making Thanksgiving great is to define what ‘great’ is to you. What is it that you look forward to with this holiday? A great Thanksgiving to you probably looks completely different from the rest of your family. Let’s make a stay-at-home thanksgiving great for everyone for FREE!

Even though most of us may be stuck at home this year, the year of COVID-19, and we are more alone than in years past, we can still make the best of it. This Thanksgiving weekend will certainly not be like others due to the virus, let’s look at it as an opportunity to make a new tradition or to go about it differently. There is no sense in trying to keep things the same when it’s pretty much impossible, that’s only going to make you miserable. Let’s dive into 10 free things that you can do with your family.

1. Use technology

Log onto your favorite video communication app and connect with family, whether it be Zoom, What’s App, Google Duo, or just dialing up a phone number, connect with others on this day of thanks. Don’t forget about Houseparty! This app allows you to not only do a video chat, but you can play games with them.

2. Write out the things you’re thankful for

Take the time to write out all the things you are thankful for over this year. I know this sounds boring, but it will really help improve your mood. This year may have been a dark one, but there are sparkles of light that have twinkled through all the darkness. Write those good things down. For example, this year our family did a lot of camping. In years past, we would not have done that, so I am very thankful for all the camping we did this Summer and Fall.  At your meal with your family, go around the table and read some things off the list.

3. What’s your favorite thing about Thanksgiving weekend?

Ask your family members what they like best about the Thanksgiving weekend, is it eating turkey and napping? Christmas shopping? Watching football? Playing football? Decorating for Christmas? So on and so forth. THEN, make those things happen for them in a safe (germ conscience) way; for instance, shop online together instead of going to the store (this one might not be free). Remember everyone enjoys Thanksgiving a little differently, it’s not all about you.

4. Do a little history lesson

Reflect on the first Thanksgiving. Get back to your roots and read about how Thanksgiving came to be. Research together online and have everyone find some fun facts. The History.com site is a good place to start (minus the ads). For kids, check out Kids.NationalGeographic.com. For some Thanksgiving fun facts, Goodhousekeeping.com has a great list of 25 facts. It would be fun to talk about these during dinner or dessert!

5. Movie time!

Pop some popcorn and turn on the movies! Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to kick back and have family movie time. Write down some of your favorite flicks on scraps of paper, put them all in a hat, and have someone pull one out.

6. Bring on the games

Play charades using the Thanksgiving theme. Or bust out the board games. Depending on the age of your kids, embark on The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt Challenge! I have a post where you can download the scavenger hunt challenge. It’s very fun for the entire family!

Scavenger Hunt

7. Turkey Trot

Do your own Turkey Trot. Lace-up the running shoes and head outside. Make a common goal, like let’s go three miles. Make your gobble call and get running! Or walk. I am personally a walker. If you have little kids, simply go for a walk and play I Spy.

8. Bonfire!

Build a bonfire! In fact, the Thanksgiving fun facts would be fun to talk about around the fire.

9. Declutter

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, while you’re digging out the Christmas decorations, declutter some closets to make room for gifts! This is a wonderful time to declutter and drop donations off at the local donation center. Here’s a post to help you out on how to simplify your stuff! You can find it here.

10. Crafts anyone?

Feeling crafty? If you have little ones this is a fun way to celebrate Thanksgiving. There are 40 ideas over at CountryLiving.com that you may want to check out.

I know that some of these free ideas are obvious, but after a year like this one, we all need a little remembering on what we can do. Let’s make the best of this Thanksgiving by doing what we can! What’s even better is that you saved a lot of money and miles on the car.

By CT Copyright © 2020 Simplify Firefly. All Rights Reserved.

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