Let’s face it, as we get older, we see more and more that so much of what we do in life is not what we want to do, but what we think others believe we should do, or what we see everyone else doing. We take our cue from the masses when it comes to fashions, hairstyles, the cars we drive, the professions we choose, and the way our homes should look like inside and out. But honestly, the only way we can be truly happy is if we march to the beat of our own drum, and that beat, if you choose to do so, can be a pretty simple one.
Here are a few ideas:
The hustle and bustle of the season can cause us to be hurried and easily overwhelmed. It can be heavily commercialized and we can become bombarded with idealized expectations. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where it’s completely okay to unplug. Feel free to reconnect with friends and family.
If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, consider a fun way to dial down the pressure by asking family and friends to bring their favorite side dish to share. This takes a bit of planning ahead so that there’s a good variety of food. So make a list and delegate!
And, with the time you’ll be saving, you might even have a chance to sit down and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while the turkey is in the oven!
Comfort — After a day of eating and drinking with family and friends, you can still do some shopping online. Go get yourself comfy in your PJ’s, pour a glass of wine from the comfort of your own home and then take advantage of Free shipping + great deals.
Being grateful tends to take some effort in these days of busyness, so just slowing down and appreciating what we have in our lives is important. During dinner, consider taking some time to go around the table so that each person can have an opportunity reflect on and say a few words of gratitude. It’s also an enjoyable time to remember the fond memories of the season by sharing favorite Thanksgiving Days gone by. Another fun way to bond in between eating and talking, consider playing games. This could be a new tradition!
Get Moving —
After dinner, when everyone is in their induced-turkey coma, talk a nice walk around the neighborhood. This is a great way to help the food settle and also creates a relaxing atmosphere as you wrap up your time together. Meet back at the house for a hot cup of coffee or chocolaty cocoa and dessert.
Thanksgiving is all about togetherness. You can easily create a warm, cozy day that is simple and memorable! May your holiday, however you choose to celebrate it, be filled with lots of love, happiness and joy — but most of all — plenty of thanksgiving.