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Alternative Thanksgiving Traditions

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Thanksgiving offers many beautiful rituals like turkey dinners, football games, and family time together. But sometimes it’s nice to add a twist to these traditions. Whether you are entertaining family or friends, young ones or grownups this Thanksgiving, here are some suggestions for keeping the holiday fresh.

Mix up the Thanksgiving Menu

  • Go casual. Simplify the menu, the work, and the turkey coma, by serving turkey burgers with salads.
  • Start earlier. Bring a group of people together for breakfast or brunch and make turkey omelets or pumpkin pancakes.
  • Get exotic. Try an Asian-themed or Spanish-inspired dinner instead of the usual fare, or have guests bring dishes from their cultures to create a global potluck.
  • Go vegetarian. Serve tofurkey which goes well with all traditional veggie side dishes like yams, mashed potatoes, and Brussels sprouts.
  • Do dessert. Skip dinner altogether and have everyone bring a different dessert or drink and serve in sample sizes.

Show your Thanksgiving Spirit

  • Collect cans of food from all your guests and make a collective donation to your local Food Bank.
  • Participate together as a team in a local charity run and raise money for a good cause while having fun together.
  • Volunteer as a group to help out at a soup kitchen or a church.
  • Bake up some festive goodies and bring them to your work or your child’s school.
  • Pick up little presents for the people in your life who don’t get enough thanks, like teachers, janitors or mail carriers.

Figure in some Thanksgiving Fun

  • Combine Thanksgiving and Halloween and do a Thanks-o-ween. Guests can dress up in costume and bring treats to share.
  • Visit a pumpkin patch with friends then bring home pumpkins to carve. This is even more fun and messy with little kids in tow.
  • Skip the football game on TV and go play outside instead. Grownups can have fun in a playground or kicking a ball around too.
  • Host a craft party. Pick up dry leaves, pine branches and cones, then make autumn-inspired wreaths.
  • Create a scavenger hunt for your neighborhood. Get to know people beyond your next door while competing for silly prizes.

At the end of the day, it’s the people who celebrate Thanksgiving with you who really make the holiday special. So, if you’re hoping to mix things up this Fall, ask your family or friends for their ideas too. Hopefully, you can come up with some new elements together that everyone will be comfortable with. Maybe they’ll even become new traditions to mark your Thanksgiving holidays for years to come

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