Create an Itinerary Full of Family Activities on Thanksgiving Day

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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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving activities with family

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Free 30 Day Gratitude List Printable

Gratitude is a practice. I challenge you, especially in this season of Thanksgiving, to write down a list of 30 things you’re thankful for on this free 30 day gratitude challenge printable!

30 days of gratitude

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

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 a 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!

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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You’ve got this!

30 days of gratitude

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Printables for Kids in these Bible Verse Activities about Thankfulness

Celebrate Thanksgiving through teaching gratitude to your children by using these Bible verse activities about thankfulness.

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Verse about thankfulness

TEACHING GRATITUDE TO YOUR KIDS

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. I made a habit of pointing out to my children that it’s a month of practicing gratitude, a skill which can benefit you for a lifetime.

We usually write down a list of things to be thankful for. However, this year I wanted to take the focus off of material things that usually crowd our list. I pointed our kids to gratitude practices in the Bible by creating my own gratitude activities using scriptures on being thankful.

This is a great way for us to practice reading our Bibles each day and to help train my kids on how to find Bible verses on their own.

Verse about thankfulness

Starting in October, I try to create a season (not just a day) of thanksgiving. I created a gratitude tree activity as well as thank you cards you can send out to friends and family to let them know you’re thankful for them. In addition, we use a gratitude calendar for the month of November to write down one thing we’re thankful for!

I’m so excited to share these with you and hope that you are inspired to start these new traditions of teaching gratitude with your family this fall!

Verse about thankfulness

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Verse about thankfulness

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