November 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm , by Carisa McLaughlin
Chances are, your Thanksgiving traditions usually include waking the kids up early to watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, playing tackle football in the yard, and of course cooking dinner together as a family. But this year, why not try some new traditions? It’s never too late to start something new! Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. Volunteer your time at a local food bank.
What better way to show you’re thankful than by giving back to the community? Volunteering can be a great family bonding time and you’ll all feel better knowing that you made someone less fortunate have a great holiday.
2. Create DIY holiday cards.
If you have some free time while the turkey’s cooking, why not get a head start on your holiday cards? You and your family can sit down and craft some really neat homemade greeting cards to send out to your friends and relatives—instead of waiting until the week before to get the leftover scraps from Walmart.
3. Celebrate your family’s achievements.
After dinner, as an alternative to just sitting around in food comas, try something that will make everyone feel better about themselves by holding a little award ceremony. You can craft Turkey Day Awards to reward your hard-working family for all the achievements they’ve accomplished so far this year.
If none of these traditions seem to be up your alley, you can always dedicate Turkey Day to relaxing, catching up on your overflowing DVR shows, and simply enjoying the company of your family. However you choose to spend it, we hope you have a very safe and happy Thanksgiving!