We know thanksgiving can become crazy with food prep, family coming into town, or long road trips to visit family. We came up with some great ideas to keep the festivities going, while squeezing in some exercise, family time, and down right jolly fun. If you aren’t scrambling to finish up thanksgiving sides or basting the turkey, here are some great ways to celebrate the holiday before, during and after your thanksgiving day feast.
Before the Feast
The best part of thanksgiving (in our opinion) is the parade! While this can be easily enjoyed in the background, get the kids involved with fun Thanksgiving Parade Bingo. If you are up for it, participating in your local “turkey trot” is another great way to spend the morning with crisp fall air and perfect for making room for turkey later.
Giving back to your community by volunteering at a local soup kitchen or food shelter is a great way to spend thanksgiving, and really appreciate and be thankful for all you have.
At the Table
A fun and unique way to create conversations at the dinner table is this Icebreaker Game, which involves colorful leaves and interesting questions to ask around the table. Thankful trees or going around the table asking what everyone is thankful for are other great ways to get conversations going and the kids involved too!
Breaking the wishbone is a classic Thanksgiving tradition where two people hold onto opposite sides of the wishbone and pull until is breaks in two. Whoever gets the larger piece gets to make a wish!
No matter if you’re having pumpkin, pecan, or apple pie, chances are you will have some desserts after your thanksgiving feast. A good way to justify those extra sweet is making sure you move your body afterwards! Take a quick stroll around the neighborhood with the family, play a game of touch football, or even get some VR or Just Dance games started to get your body moving.
If you are looking to wind down after dessert, or during, break out a puzzle that everyone can help with, or a board game that involves the whole family. Need something even more relaxing? Turn on a holiday classic movie or some music and take a snooze.