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23 Uplifting Things to Do on Thanksgiving Day You Must Try This Year

Thanksgiving is one of the most bright and cheerful holidays of the year, a day to spend with your family and friends and get together for a tasty meal and peaceful evening.

Here are some things to do on the Thanksgiving day to make it memorable and fun.

Celebrating With Your Family

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For many families, Thanksgiving weekend is a chance to enjoy rare meetings and festive mood.

1. Cook a dinner. Cooking a dinner with your family is a touchy and precious moment for you and your family to remember. It’s also a great way to show your gratitude and lend a helping hand to the hostess.

2. Watch Thanksgiving Day Parade. Parades are held in many cities and watching them on TV or in real life makes this day really special and festive.

3. Play sports. There are multiple health benefits of spending time with your relatives outdoors. Sports activities are useful in particular considering a full course dinner ahead. Tennis, basketball or frisbee are great activities for big families.

4. Watch an old movie. Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to sit altogether by the TV. Your family may choose a movie to watch annually and make it a good family tradition.

5. Look through family photos. Make this holiday a little bit nostalgic: your elder family members will enjoy that. Some of your family members could even start asking you awkward questions about your life in college.

6. Decorate the table. Don’t forget about fancy napkins and candles! Beautiful decorations will set up the mood for tasty dinner.

7. Take a trip to the countryside. Living in a big city might be stressful so spending a weekend in the countryside is a relaxing and healing way to celebrate.

8. Make a wish by breaking wishbone. While carving a turkey take out a wishbone and let it dry. After the dinner, two family members pull at it and the winner makes a wish.

9. Participate in Turkey trot race. Burn up some calories before the big dinner and also raise some money for low-income families.

Celebrating With Your Friends – Friendsgiving

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Being away from home doesn’t mean that Thanksgiving is canceled. Make it into Friendsgiving which tends to gain popularity through last years. Even with poor cooking skills, you can still throw an amazing party and even set up a new tradition among your friends.

1. Play video and board games. Entertainment is an important part of the holiday. So don’t forget to prepare the list of games you and your friends will enjoy. Apples to Apples, Jenga, Clue are not taking too much time to play as Monopoly so are a better choice for a fun evening.

2. Watch annual football game. If you and your friends enjoy sports, it’s a good idea to watch a sports channel together and cheer for your favorite team.

3. Watch the best episodes of favorite sitcoms. Share the episodes you enjoy the most with your friends. Holiday-themed episodes will fit the most.

4. Set up a picnic. If the weather is fine and you don’t want to stay inside, go ahead and pack for a picnic in the nearest park or wood. Fresh air and the beauty of fall weather are great for active games and sincere conversations.

5. Ride bikes in a park. Fast and active ride in a park can easily burn off calories you’ve consumed this holiday weekend and also set up a good mood for the rest of the day.

6. Pajamas party. It’s more untraditional way to celebrate Thanksgiving but definitely a fun one. Cozy pajamas, chilling music and tasty snacks among holiday lights will create a relaxed holiday mood. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? However, there are even more party ideas for students to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

7. Play football. Team active sports are great before big festive meals. Football is a traditional game for this holiday and it is fun to watch for those, who choose not to participate.

Celebrating on Your Own

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Don’t be depressed if you are celebrating this day without guests. Make it a real holiday for yourself and do what makes you happy.

1. Take a good nap. Thanksgiving weekend is a wonderful time to shake off stress from studying and working the whole year. So take a time to relax and get a good rest.

2. Take popcorn and watch a favorite movie. Is it Scream or Batman? Grab a big bowl of popcorn and turn on your favorite movie or sitcom.

3. Take a long walk or ride. Sometimes you really need to fresh up your thoughts and walking in the fresh air is a way to do it. And it’s a great cardio exercise.

4. Prepare for Black Friday. If you are about to go shopping on a Black Friday, make a list of things to buy and shops to visit the next day. This will help you to concentrate on things you really need and not to be distracted on sales.

5. Volunteer. Your local churches or homeless shelters may need some help, especially at this time of the year. You can help with cooking and serving a meal or donate redundant clothes to charity. By the way, did you know how many benefits you get from volunteering?

6. Make a thankful list. This is more than just a good tradition but the way to concentrate on aspects of the past and stay positive for the future. So go ahead and make a list of things that have brought you happiness this year and what you are thankful for.

7. Watch Thanksgiving documentary. There are plenty of amazing historical movies about pilgrims and origin of Thanksgiving Day which you will find interesting.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and don’t forget to give your thanks!