Four simple ways to celebrate Thanksgiving

Monday, October 27, 2014

By: Betsy Hansen

Four simple ways to celebrate Thanksgiving


Often the hustle and bustle of the season can overtake the true meaning behind the holiday – to give thanks. We’ve compiled four ways to take a humble step back and enjoy honoring the theme of Thanksgiving.


  1. Don’t fret over the food – Stressing out about your Thanksgiving menu is a waste of time. Whip up your favorite dishes you know your family and friends enjoy – whether that is a turkey or lasagna. Make it your own!
  2. Remember those around you – Do your neighbors collect the mail while you’re on vacations? Drop off a token of your thanks, like a pumpkin pie or candle. Maybe you have lonely elderly neighbors nearby? Invite them to join your Thanksgiving celebration!
  3. Teach gratitude – Thankfulness can be expressed both in the spoken and written word. Set an example for the children at your table with this Thanksgiving printable. Ask each of your guests to write down what they are most thankful for today. Paste them on the refrigerator or create ornaments for the upcoming holidays.
  4. Donate your time – Make a point to volunteer during the holiday season. Research organizations that interest you; whether it be a soup kitchen, library or even your children’s school. The staff will surely appreciate your help.


Although a lot of us enjoy football, parades or mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving, that’s not what the day is really about. It’s more than fine to appreciate the fun traditions of “Turkey Day” but let’s also remember to spend time being grateful for all that we have.

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