Thanksgiving Break is just around the corner! For all Lanphier High School students, break will start with one hour early release Wednesday, November 23 and continue through Friday, November 25. Other than spending these days with friends and family, do you need some ideas on how to spend your extra long weekend?
1) Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade
This is one of my all time favorite things to do personally. I love getting up early and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while the smell of turkey and stuffing and all other types of delicious food filled the house. Now, I struggle with waking up early enough to actually enjoy the parade, but it’s definitely something I still recommend.
2) Help Cook Dinner
Now this one may depend on your situation. If your family is the host family, the house that all the other members of the family come to for dinner, you’ll have a lot of cooking to do. If not, maybe help create a small side dish to take over to your host family’s house! It’s always nice to show up to someone’s house and not be empty-handed.
3) Get Ready for Dinner
It always seems kind of silly to me, personally, to get all dressed up just to walk around eating. And yet? I do it without failure every single year. Maybe you can spend a couple extra minutes picking out a nice outfit, matching shoes, doing your hair, (if you prefer to do so) putting on some make up, or something along those lines! Be sure to shower though, good hygiene is extremely important.
4) Take a Nap
Before or after dinner, I always enjoy laying my head down for a nap. Whether it’s the smell of roasting turkey, ham, chicken, or sweet potatoes, maybe pumpkin pie, filling the air, or something about the promise of it later, it feels like the naps you take on Thanksgiving Day are the most perfect naps you’ll take all year. Wake up refreshed and go make another plate!
5) Plan for Black Friday Shopping
Black Friday shopping! It’s a tradition, shopping with insane deals and bargains to get ready for the next big holiday – Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other religious holiday around that time – and it’s definitely something I recommend experiencing at least once in your life. So why not get a couple friends together, maybe some select favorite family members, save up a paycheck or two and head out to your favorite stores? The chaos is extremely refreshing.
6) Have Fun with Crafting
For some of you, crafts aren’t your thing. For the rest of you, you live to glue. Or cut, knit, piece together, anything you can do to make something unique and beautiful. Take this opportunity to get your craft on! It’s even a fun bonding activity if you have younger family members visiting for the holidays. Put some paint on your hand, stamp your hand on a paper, draw some legs and a face and wow, you have a turkey! Get those creative juices flowing!
7) Watch Football
Even if you don’t watch football (and I’m one of those people who just aren’t that into it) chances are, there’s a game playing on a television in your house. While it’s not my cup of tea, I like seeing my family fight over who’s going to win. It adds a little tension, some conversations start to flow, and you have an excuse to yell at the TV without a ton of judgement.
8) Get Some Fresh Air
There’s nothing wrong with going outside. Put down the phones, grab your younger family members and friends and go play in the leaves! Running around in the backyard works for some family bonding, making the little ones tired (once they fall asleep, you get to hang out with the adults) and working up an appetite big enough for this legendary day! But the cool, crisp air could lead to a cough, runny nose, or a headache, so bundle up!
9) Family Bonding
Whether it be with a long conversation about your future (which we all know is coming) or playing a board game, the holidays are meant for some family bonding. There are tons of board games: Monopoly, The Game of Life, Catch Phrase, and Sorry are just a few. Get some of your favorite family members, invite the others to join, and start making memories!
Now this one will spark some debate. Is it too early to start decorating for Christmas? Christmas and other holiday decorating could be a fun way to waste some time! It doesn’t have to be on the legendary Turkey Day itself, but the weekend to follow even. If you insist on waiting until December for decorating, or have a different family tradition, there’s bound to be another way to spend some time doing things you love.
If you’re feeling the holiday spirit, there’s something you could do that could change someone’s life. Make an extra plate for your elderly neighbors, or go volunteer your time to a shelter to help hand out food. It’s a good way to spend your time, it helps other people tremendously, and it’s definitely good for your soul. It never hurts to go out of your way to do kind things for others without seeking recognition.