Thanksgiving is a holiday mainly reserved for eating, watching football, and, of course, spending lots time with family. After the “What are you doing with your life?” convos die down—or you successfully dodge them—what's left to do? Well, we’ve got you covered with loads of activities to engage in over the holiday break. From playing games to taking a relaxing nature walk, you can switch up your Thanksgiving Day routine with any of these pursuits.
Go for a walk.
You can’t beat the tranquility (0r health benefits) of taking a walk 30 minutes or so after finishing a delicious meal. Take a swing around the block or find a nearby park or trail. If you time it right, you may even catch the sunset.
Organize your kitchen.
Streamline your holiday cooking routine by making sure your pots, pans and pantry goods are stored properly and easily accessible. (Organizing is also a good way to release stress—always a plus during the entertaining season!) Need some help? These products will help you assemble the most organized kitchen ever. Promise!
Look at family photos and home movies.
There’s nothing more meaningful than reliving favorite family (OK, and occasionally cringe-y) memories by looking through old photos or videos, whether it’s footage of a first family trip to Disney World or photos from your last Thanksgiving get-together. You’ll be amazed at how time flies!
Grab a deck of cards.
From a friendly game of poker to kid-favorite Go Fish, there are tons of card games you can whip out on Thanksgiving. It’s the easiest way to bond with friends and family and not fall asleep on the couch. Play after dinner when everyone’s stomachs are full so no one gets hangry!
No cards or board games in the living room cabinet? Charades is always a winner—you don’t need any materials to play! Plus, the simple concept makes it ideal for all ages; just make sure to choose a common theme that young kids will enjoy, like Disney movies.
Enjoy the fall foliage.
Channel you inner child by jumping in a pile of leaves in the back yard. (Bonus points if you raked them yourself!) And if you have a dog, they might want to join you. It's the ultimate fall-themed pet bonding experience.
Do some online shopping.
It never hurts to get a jump start on your holiday gift list from the comfort of your couch. Black Friday deals will be available earlier than ever this year at major retailers including Target, Walmart, Kohl's, Best Buy, and Dick's Sporting Good, and many are being offered online so you don't even have to leave your house!
Take a nap.
A quick after-dinner just might be what you need to gather your strength for games or just staying awake during a movie. It'll boost your mood and productivity—there are really no drawbacks! Plus, Thanksgiving is essentially the unofficial National Napping Day.
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