10 Fun Things to Do Following the Thanksgiving Meal


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1. Take a nature walk. There is a myth that turkey makes you sleepy, but it is more likely that it’s the huge portions of food that inspire you to lie down. Help your food digest by taking a nature walk with the kids. Enjoy the stunning fall colors, see who can collect the most varieties of leaves, and start a conversation about why you are thankful.

2. Take a walk down memory lane. In the spirit of family “togetherness,” break out a home movie, the family albums, or a slide show of old photos. Share stories of family gatherings, vacations and celebrations with your kids.

3. Decorate the Christmas tree. Having the extended family chip in with the Christmas decorations helps the time pass quickly and puts everyone in a festive mood.

4. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. This would be an activity to stir the giving spirit in older middle schoolers and teens, and will remind them just how much they have to be thankful for.

5. Get crafty. Little kids, especially, love to create. Help them to direct their creative energy with Thanksgiving crafts. Here’s a great one that teaches kids how to be thankful, and it starts with a tissue roll!

6. Thanksgiving trivia. Help kids learn all about this beloved holiday by turning a lesson into a game of trivia. For inspiration, use questions from these websites:

7. Hold your own Thanksgiving Parade. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade doesn’t hold a candle to what your kids could pull together with some construction paper, markers, and a whole lot of creativity.

8. Make a Thanksgiving Day treat. Make a sweet treat to serve with coffee after the Thanksgiving meal has had a chance to digest. Check out these cute recipes at Cooking Light.

9. Treat a local hero. After your kids finish making their treats, take a drive to the police station or your neighborhood fire station and drop off a batch. Those hungry heroes will be thankful!

10. Enjoy some winter fun. Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to load the family in the car for a little winter fun at these festive hot spots, Piedmont Winterfest in Greensboro, and the Tanglewood Festival of Lights in Clemmons.

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