Be intentional in how you celebrate the holidays this year by creating a Thanksgiving itinerary full of fun family activities!
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MAKE YOUR THANKSGIVING A DAY TO CELEBRATE
Don’t let your Thanksgiving holiday be focused on a big meal and figuring out where everyone will sleep, instead turn it into an all-day celebration!
No need to break the bank or make it complicated—just keep it fun and centered on gratitude.
Here are 10 things you can do to celebrate the entire day of Thanksgiving with intention.
10 FAMILY ACTIVITIES ON THANKSGIVING
1. Eat a special breakfast
Mark the occasion with something you don’t normally eat. Cinnamon rolls, donuts, monkey bread, French toast, egg casserole, quiche…find lots of recipes here.
2. Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The parade usually starts at 9 and wraps up around 12 with Santa waving hello to mark the start of the Christmas season. We usually like to have it on in the background just to make our morning more festive.
3. Do a few gratitude activities
Focus on what the Bible teaches us about what we have to be thankful for with the October and November gratitude activities in my Holiday Activities for Christian Families printable pack:
4. Set out a few snack trays
Because Thanksgiving dinner is usually a huge undertaking, set out a few snacks for lunchtime to keep everyone busy and still hungry for an early dinner. Premade snack, fruit and veggie trays are perfect! Warm apple cider is also a great way to keep guests cozy!
5. Decorate a tablecloth or make Thanksgiving crafts
These throwaway tablecloths are perfect for keeping little ones busy, and a few simple crafts are fun too!
6. Start on a puzzle or play a card game
This is a great activity for adults to have to pass the time while waiting for dinner to be served. A deck of cards or a table with board games is a quick add to your Thanksgiving itinerary.
7. Make phone calls to loved ones
Someone can’t make it to dinner? Call/text or leave a video message to tell them you’re thankful to have them in your life.
8. Family chain prayer
If your family gathering is small, a great way to acknowledge that the holiday is about gratitude, is to have a chain prayer where each child takes turns to tell what they are thankful for before the meal is served.
9. Eat Thanksgiving dinner
Enjoy the big meal whether it’s delivered, or made from scratch in the kitchen!
10. Watch a family movie together
Wrap up the night with a cozy movie—maybe a Christmas one to kick off the holidays!
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Want a printable version of this itinerary plus over 50 other holiday activity printables? Check out my Holiday Activities for Christian Families set in the shop:
What traditions will you add to your Thanksgiving itinerary? Here are a few other seasonal posts to check out:
- Teaching Your Kids Gratitude Using a Thanksgiving Tree Tradition
- 14 Service Projects for Kids and Families
- The Ultimate Family Fall Bucket List Printable
- 10 Family Christmas Movie Nights + Treats!
- The Ultimate Family Winter Bucket List Printable
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