It’s a fact that Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. It marks the start of the Christmas holiday shopping season for people and stores paving the way to promote their products and plenty of mark down prices both online and offline to give shoppers the best deals.
Thanksgiving meal traditionally involves a roasted turkey, scrumptious pumpkin pie baked into perfection and perhaps mashed potatoes tasty enough that it will make your mouth water even further.
As you plan your meal, filling in each week on what to cook, do the shopping, cooking make-ahead dishes, and then pick up any deliveries that may need to come to the house, you may wonder what it is that can be done aside from preparing your Thanksgiving Dinner.
There are plenty of options to choose from but it will all depend on your creative mind. If you don’t feel creative, perhaps the following below may help you start a new way of celebrating Thanksgiving Day:
1. Cook a brand new or unique kind of dishes
Turkey has always been the most important part of the Thanksgiving table. These are cooked all day in the oven and carved with care when meal time arrives. The stuffing, cranberry sauce, garnishes and potatoes comes along as the roasting goes. Trying out other ways in cooking turkey or find unique recipes and do mix-and-matches does not hurt tradition for as long as the spirit of Thanksgiving is never lost.
2. Set up something special aside from a typical dinner
Got Netflix or Amazon Prime? Then you should setup a series marathon or favorite movies while you’re family or friends eat. These simple bonding times can turn out to be truly special in the end. If you have kids just sitting or running around, why not involve them in the dinner preparations by having them set the table for dinner or if you’re kind enough, teach them the basics of cooking with proper guidance.
3. Make the most out of the home-away-from-home event
Thanksgiving Day can be the forgotten holiday in a lot of ways. Chances are, you’re not the only one who can’t make it home. Spend some quality time with a good friend who’s also in town for the holiday. Some people can be away from work or living from other places around the world. A simple Skype call to get in touch with family or friends is a thoughtful option. If you are alone and getting the lonesome feeling, try to indulge yourself like getting yourself something that you really like subscribing to Origin Access or learning new skills like drawing.
4. Involve yourself in the world
Feeling charitable? Why not volunteer to help the world an even better place? Check out sites that will get you helping out or if you’re more generous, donate in charity foundations or help fund a kickstarter/crowdfunding pages. You can also ask friends and family members to form yourselves a group and get the job done faster. If you have time, get your travel plans straight and go to a place that you wanted to visit and discover new cultures and taste fascinating local cuisine.
What creative ways have you celebrated Thanksgiving or other holidays? We’d love to hear it from you in the comments section below.