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6 Thanksgiving Traditions That Don’t Involve The Turkey

Thanksgiving: one of the few days a year when gluttony is not only accepted, but celebrated. Turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie! Why wouldn’t we spend the whole day eating? Well, we’ve got 6 reasons. Read on for some of our favorite ways to enjoy the holiday, besides eating. (Though, we love that too!)

1. Arts and Crafts

Fall Craft Girl

Who doesn’t remember making hand turkeys as a kid? Spend the morning exploring your creative side with the kiddos while the Thanksgiving Day Parade plays in the background! Added bonus: The finished product will make great place cards at the dinner table.

2. Host a Turkey Bowl

What better way to enjoy the last days of fall with your loved ones than a little friendly competition!?

3.Play a Game

Family Game

Games are fun for the whole family and a great opportunity for everyone to gather together in the same place. Whether it’s a board game or charades, it will surely be a great way to keep a large group engaged with one another.

4. Put on a Play

Help the kids in your family dress up and tell the story of the first Thanksgiving. Better yet, let them come up with their own idea in the theme of the holiday: giving thanks!

5. Volunteer

Family Volunteer

There are thousands of volunteer opportunities all over the country. Can you think of a better way to celebrate the holiday that’s all about taking stock of things you’re grateful for than by giving back to those less fortunate?

6. Give Thanks

The best way we know to spend the last Thursday of November is by giving thanks! Lean into the spirit of the holiday and allow each person at your festivities a moment to share what they’re thankful for this year.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Let us know in the comments below — and be sure to let us know what you’re thankful for this year!

Medianet DBS
L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.