50 ways to enjoy the season of thanksgiving. To be grateful & give thanks!
As I began compiling 50 Unique Ways to Celebrate During Thanksgiving I quickly realized that while I wanted this list to mainly focus on the day of Thanksgiving I also wanted to share some ideas for the whole season of thanksgiving!
I should also mention that you will find some ideas that are not solely focused on the fall season, this is because several of my family’s traditions incorporate Christmas on Thanksgiving, particularly at the end of the day.
And while some of these ideas might not be wholly new to you they may be completely new to someone else. But I do hope that you will find many new ideas you can incorporate into your traditional season of thanksgiving!
So, without further ado, here are 50 Unique Ways to Celebrate During Thanksgiving!
1. Start each day in November by being thankful, choose something different each day. You could write it in a journal, post it on Facebook or Twitter, share it with your family at dinner, or give thanks to God for it before you begin your day.
2. Have Thanksgiving dinner outside (if it’s warm).
3. Take a group photo to remember who you celebrated the season with.
5. Create a Thankful Tree for your guests to share what they are thankful for while dinner is cooking.
7. Have everyone write something they are thankful for on a piece of paper, place them in a bowl, shake them up, then go around the table & have each person pull out a piece of paper & read what someone else is thankful for.
8. With this shirt that say’s “I’ve Been Training for this All Year.”
9. With a special Thanksgiving Party Cracker for each guest.
10. End the day by decorating your Christmas tree.
Something we have done with Roger’s family in years past.
11. Invite local college students who can’t make it home to your home for Thanksgiving.
My parents live near a university & they are always welcoming students into their home. Last Thanksgiving my sister had about 10 of her friends over who couldn’t be in their own homes for Thanksgiving.
12. Collect cans & dried goods for local can drives.
14. Surprise your mail carrier & trash removal team with a thank you card & homemade Caramel Apple Slices.
15. Watch your favorite tv show’s episodes that are about Thanksgiving.
16. Have morning devotions based upon bible verses in which God’s people gave thanks.
17. Instead of just watching football, get of out of the house & throw the football around, maybe even start your own Thanksgiving game with friends, family, & neighbors.
The most fun & memorable years for my husband are those in which his family marked out a football field with spray paint on their lawn.
18. Deliver a handwritten note & a basket of Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Oat Streusel to your local church & pastors.
19. Write your favorite childhood teacher to thank him or her for inspiring & challenging you.
20. Take the time to thank a different person each day for being a part of your life. Maybe even do it for the whole month of November.
21. Memorize some Bible verses about thankfulness & write them on chalkboards to decorate your home.
22. First thing in the morning have each member of your family share why they are thankful for God’s love & grace. Not only will it get your day started on the right note, but it will help you to stay grateful throughout the day.
23. Leave a basket of fall treats for your next door neighbors.
24. Bake mini versions of your favorite pies so everyone can have a little of every flavor.
25. Watch the Thanksgiving day parade in your pajamas.
26. Show your local police & fire department your thankfulness by dropping off a card or a basket full of homemade Soft Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies.
27. Throw a Friendsgiving.
28. Create a thanksgiving breakfast feast to hold you over till dinner.
29. Do some research to discover what really happened at the first Thanksgiving meal.
30. Spend an afternoon volunteering at a soup kitchen.
31. Decorate your home for Thanksgiving.
32. Write a note to your spouse, child, or best friend each day in November telling them one reason you are grateful for them.
33. Start the tradition of baking something new & seasonal each week of November, such as S’mores Scones or Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.
34. Create original/traditional Thanksgiving food that the first settlers would have enjoyed.
35. Make & bag thanksgiving meals to pass out to those in need.
36. Have a pie eating contest.
37. Have a pie bake off. Everyone bakes a different pie & the winner doesn’t have to do any clean up.
38. Have an activity zone for kids (& adults) & include some activities done by the early settlers, such as building a fire (under adult supervision).
39. Make a twist on traditional thanksgiving food by turning your favorite Thanksgiving recipes into soups & sandwiches. For example, instead of regular sweet potatoes you could create Pumpernut Sweet Potato Gnocchi Soup.
40. Create a Thanksgiving play of the first Thanksgiving.
My husband did this as a kid with his siblings & cousins, & boy do I wish they had taped it!
41. After filling your belly, instead of going into a food coma, spend the evening playing board games with your family & friends.
42. The day before Thanksgiving decorate the outside of your home with Christmas lights. Then after Thanksgiving dinner have everyone gather outside to see them for the first time.
My husband & his brother always decorate the outside of their parent’s home & do a big reveal for the family.
43. Thanksgiving night have your family & friends draw names out of a hat for a Christmas gift exchange.
One of our family traditions.
44. Have a bonfire that evening with hot apple cider & donuts & reminisce about the days events.
45. Hide one Christmas decoration amongst your fall decor & see if anyone notices. The first person who notices doesn’t have to do dishes.
My mom slowly incorporates Christmas decorations into her fall decor & it’s always fun to see who can spot the most.
46. Give back by donating your unused hats, scarves, jackets, & mittens. Maybe even have your friend & family bring theres to dinner & then you can donate all of them the day after Thanksgiving.
47. Run craft paper down the center of your Thanksgiving table & let people draw & write what they are thankful for throughout the meal.
We did this last year & it was a huge hit!
48. Leave each guest a little note under their plate telling them why you are grateful for them.
49. Take some time to reflect on how men & women in the Bible practiced thankfulness & how you too can practice thankfulness to God each day.
50. End the day with a Christmas movie to begin the Christmas season.
My husband grew up watching Home Alone 1 Thanksgiving evening & it is a tradition we have kept in our marriage too!
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With love, G
I will praise God’s name in song & glorify Him with thanksgiving.