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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Happy Thanksgiving!

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