Create a Fun Thanksgiving Day Itinerary for Your Family

Be intentional in how you celebrate the holidays this year by creating a Thanksgiving itinerary for food, family and fun!

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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 thankfulness.

Here are 10 things you can do to celebrate the entire day of Thanksgiving with intention.

MY THANKSGIVING ITINERARY

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. Decorate a gratitude tree

Have some way for people to write down what they’re thankful for as a way to bring gratitude to the forefront of everyone’s mind.

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. Decks 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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What traditions will you add to your Thanksgiving itinerary? Share them in the comments!

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Teach Your Kids Gratitude this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is often overlooked as it squeezes in between Halloween and Christmastime. Here is a list of things of ways to teach your kids the practice of gratitude.

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TAKING TIME FOR THANKSGIVING FUN

Thanksgiving is often overlooked as it squeezes in between candy-filled Halloween and the presents of Christmastime.

A few years ago I became more intentional in the way I approached November, pointing out to my children that it’s a month of practicing gratitude, a skill which can benefit you for a lifetime.

Here are some of my favorite ways to get the kids involved in acknowledging and celebrating the spirit of Thanksgiving all month long.


PICTURE BOOKS ABOUT GRATITUDE

One of my favorite things about the holidays are talking about them with my kids to build excitement. These picture books about Thanksgiving are a great way to get the conversation started.


THANKSGIVING ACTIVITIES

Start a new tradition with your family this November as you practice gratitude together! Write what you’re thankful for on your thankful tree, watch Charlie Brown, and plan a Friendsgiving!


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30 Day Challenge: Write Something You’re Grateful For Each Day

Gratitude is a practice. I challenge you, especially in this season of Thanksgiving, to practice gratitude for 30 days with me!

PRACTICING GRATITUDE

Gratitude is a practice. It doesn’t come naturally to most–it takes discipline. I challenge you, especially in this season of Thanksgiving, to practice gratitude for 30 days with me.

I want to make intentional living tangible and practical in your life and mine. So I’m kicking off the month with this 30 Day Challenge that you can print out and use all month long. I am so excited to get started on this and know that if you join me, you will benefit from it as well!


WRITE DOWN SOMETHING YOU’RE THANKFUL FOR EACH DAY THIS MONTH.

If you get behind, it’s ok to play catch up! But try to keep it in a place where you’ll remember to use it each day:

  • In your office
  • By your bed
  • On your mirror
  • On the fridge

Tomorrow is not the day to practice gratitude, it’s right now. Today. This is your chance to look at life in a more positive light. To see hope where you feel hopeless. To feel encouraged where you feel overwhelmed. Start small: a sunset, a good meal, a quiet moment, a text from a friend.

I went through this myself years ago when I was anxious and angry, but over and over in my self-help books was the practice of gratitude. Through these I learned about the power of changing your mindset from negative to positive. I couldn’t think of anything good to write, but I dedicated myself to starting a gratitude journal and slowly but surely my list began to grow.

Now, a few years later, I’m going through treatment again and I’ve learned gratitude motivates me to push through the hard spots. I am focused and ready to be grateful for the little successes. I hope you are too!

If you’re in the trenches, write that you brushed your teeth today–I know it sounds silly, but acknowledging even small successes has a massive impact on your health and well-being.

No matter how small, just write it down!

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