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If Thanksgiving has become a chore instead of a celebration, maybe it’s time to rethink the holiday. Here are ways you can make Turkey Day terrific from start to finish.
MAKE THANKSGIVING MORNING AS MEMORABLE AS THE MEAL
This year, roll out of bed on the fourth Thursday of November and start a new tradition. Get active by biking before breakfast or running in a local road race. Give back to your community by clearing a town park of debris or delivering food to those who are unable to leave their home. Bring the neighborhood together with a game of touch football or coffee and donuts at the cul-de-sac. Or for a real treat, head to New York City and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person.
INVITE SPECIAL THANKSGIVING GUESTS
From your daughter’s college roommate to a member of the clergy, welcome friends to your Thanksgiving table. It will make for more lively conversation, and may also encourage that unruly uncle of yours to be on his best behavior.
GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR THANKSGIVING CUISINE
Have you been reluctant to mess with beloved favorites? OK, so keep the melt-in-your-mouth mashed potatoes. But give everything else a makeover. Use a different bread in your stuffing. Serve an apple or pear relish instead of cranberry sauce. Toast marshmallows on top of sweet potatoes. Add pecans to your pumpkin pie. And if you haven’t attempted turducken yet, what are you waiting for? Surrender yourself to this savory Southern specialty!
RECONNECT WITH FAMILY
For family members who you spend the holiday with, devote some time to getting to know them better. Ask about family history, play a game, or have Thanksgiving be potluck so you can all work side by side to prepare dinner.
Thanksgiving doesn’t have costumes or fireworks or presents. It is simply a day to give thanks. So take the time to do just that. Encourage everyone to write down what they are grateful for, and then post those notes on the dining room wall. Or during dinner, go around the table and ask each person to share their thoughts of appreciation. Experiencing these sentiments together will make for a more meaningful holiday.