Old and New Traditions for the Day of Gratitude

Breakfast Bonanza!

Since the main event is usually an afternoon affair, make breakfast a big one! Start a family tradition of cooking the first meal of the day together, and make one large enough to last! Pancakes, eggs, sausage, toast, quiche, the possibilities are endless. Have the kids set the table or serve the meal buffet-style for easy clean up. The oven is sure to be busy with the bird all day, so plan a meal that’s cooked stove-top or set up a cereal and yogurt bar with lots of options!


Watch the National Dog Show after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, one of the longest running events of the holiday, will look a little bit different this year. The normally live event will be pre-recorded—a bonus for our West Coast friends who won’t have to get up at 6 a.m. to see the line-up. But not to worry! You’ll still see the amazing floats and balloons, and of course, Santa Claus will be there!

After the parade has run its course, stay tuned for the National Dog Show on NBC. The two-hour annual event, in its 19th year, is a dog lover’s dream, with myriad competitors from hound dogs to terriers to danes. Who will be this year’s Best in Show?


Watch Football!

With three NFL match-ups on Thanksgiving Day this year, there’s plenty to cheer for, or for grandpa to fall asleep to…just turn up the volume over his snoring. Watch the Houston Texans take on the Detroit Lions at 12:30 p.m.; Washington at Dallas at 4:30 p.m.; and the Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers at 8:20 p.m. Game on!


Take A Timeout

Give yourself time to rest on this busiest of days in one of the busiest months. Once an hour, go to a quiet room for a few minutes to recharge and reset from the activity of the day. Warm up your neck wrap, close your eyes, breathe deeply and stretch. Self care, self care, self care!


Celebrate Everyone’s Birthdays

What better time to have a group birthday than when those you love are gathered together anyway? Travel has been challenging this year, and while some are still staying put, many will be taking the holiday season as the perfect opportunity to see family and friends they’ve missed for so much of this year. Make the day a little less traditional by having one giant birthday party! Invite those who can’t attend with a virtAual call or put them on speaker phone. Order a cake, wear the party hats, open the presents… it’s everyone’s birthday wrapped up in one fantastic day!


Gratitude Rocks

Paint sweet stones with your family as reminders of things you are grateful for. Gather and clean several smooth stones and decorate them with paint and embellishments. Simple hearts or thankful words can be shared with family and friends, or left behind for others to find as you go for an evening stroll to walk off dinner and make room for dessert!

November 15, 2020