Thanksgiving is a cherished American tradition, when families gather together to give thanks, celebrate the year, and enjoy a feast in good company. Many families have traditional food dishes such as turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie they prepare each year, but Thanksgiving is more than just a meal. Typically, playing host on this holiday involves entertaining family and friends throughout the day. If it’s your turn to host this year, follow these tips for successful, low-stress day of Thanksgiving fun.
Family Fun for Every Age
Switching on the television to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the football game are all-American pastimes, but it will take more than a TV to keep a full house entertained all day. Rather than just watching football, why not head outside and divide into teams for a game of touch or flag football? Depending on the age range of the group, capture the flag or hide and seek can be fun options, but the point is to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and work up an appetite for the coming feast. You could also go for a family walk to a local park or the neighborhood.
For some indoor fun, charades and Pictionary are great games to play with groups of all ages. A quick search online will turn up countless ideas for Thanksgiving craft ideas for kids and the young-at-heart. If you have a designated “kids’ table,” like so many families do, consider turning the table itself into a coloring book. Instead of a traditional cloth tablecloth, cover the table with white butcher paper or a similar material, and keep it in place with tape or large binder clips. Either leave it blank, or use a black marker to outline simple images of turkeys, autumn leaves, and other traditional Thanksgiving images. Scatter some crayons or colored pencils on the table, and let the kids get to work. Keeping children busy and happy makes the day more enjoyable for everyone!
An Attitude of Gratitude
Gratitude is at the center of the Thanksgiving holiday, and many families take this opportunity to slow down, count their blessings, and be thankful. One way is to simply sit in a circle, or before starting dinner, and one at a time, give each person the opportunity to communicate what they are thankful for.
Another way to express gratitude is by creating a visual display that people can add to throughout the day, for example, a poster board with different colored markers, where people can write notes about what they are grateful for. For a fun twist, use brown construction paper to create a “tree” on the wall, and have fall-colored construction paper leaf cutouts available that people can write on, and then attach to the tree. You could also have a jar, hat, or bowl out all day and invite people to write their blessings on slips of paper. At the end of the meal, pass it around and read the entries.
Before and After: Let us Lend a Hand
Getting the house fresh and clean for the company can be the most stressful part of hosting a holiday get-together like Thanksgiving. Our team at COIT is here to give you a hand in deep cleaning the carpet and hardwood, vacuuming upholstery and curtains, and making sure the HVAC system is running smoothly so that your home will be picture-perfect before your guests arrive. We’re also happy to help remove sticky cranberry sauce, wine, and gravy stains from your carpet and upholstery once the dust has cleared and everyone’s returned home, so you don’t have to stress about cleanup. And stay tuned to hear about any Black Friday deals we might be offering!