Thanksgiving, U Next! 5 Ways to Slay Turkey Day
Hail to the start of the Holiday Season. Let the countdown to Turkey Day begin. While you’re busy anticipating the Target Black Friday sale and getting ready to chow down, here are 5 important things to remember about Thanksgiving that sometimes get lost in the frenzy of the feast.
Spoiler alert. Not everyone loves the holidays. Let’s get real, holidays are fun, but they can also be as frustrating as they are festive. Trying to live up to a Food Network ideal of the perfect meal is so extra. So why not make it easy on yourself and have realistic goals. Thanksgiving can be anything you want it to be. It doesn’t have to be an instagram worthy sit down dinner for 12. It can be a casual potluck picnic. It can be a vegan pie fest. And if you can’t get home for the holidays, a Friendsgiving guarantees a good time. The options are as endless as the menu choices. So why not make your Thanksgiving goal to feel blessed, not stressed?
Thanks for Giving
Before you hit the Black Friday sales Thanksgiving is famous for, why not take the long weekend to do a deep closet cleanse and purge those outfits you’ve outgrown. That way you’ll have room for whatever deals you bring home. Plus, this is the perfect time to donate what you no longer need to someone who would be grateful to have your hand-me-downs. Choose a charity that helps women, or gift a down on her luck friend who would welcome your castoffs. Remember, your old clothes are new to someone and just might brighten their day. It sounds corny, but it’s true. Giving really is better than getting. Try it and see.
Thanksgiving has traditionally been a day to share food and gratefulness with family and friends. Here’s an idea. Shouldn’t a day devoted to thankfulness also be devoted to forgiveness? If the Pilgrims and the Indians could do it, why can’t you? Just sayin’. Seems like Thanksgiving is the perfect day to forgive and forget. So if you’ve fallen out with an old pal or family member, what better way to break the silence than by breaking bread? Why not take the day to reach out and mend a broken relationship, and even invite them to join you at your feast. Thanks forgiving. Let’s make it a thing.
Gratitude is an Attitude
It doesn’t matter what you’re thankful for. Whether it’s the sunrise or sunset, pumpkin spice lattes, your family, your friends, or your cat. Whatever it is that sparks joy in your life, why not heed advice from Marie Kondo. Say thanks. Be grateful to whatever it is that floats your boat. But contrary to the Kon Mari method, don’t let stuff go. Bless your beautiful mess. Embrace the things, people, pets, nature you love with all your heart. You’ll feel better. Promise.
At the end of the day, when you’re done with the all the shopping, the cooking, the hosting, and the toasting, why not just take a few moments to breathe. For a holiday devoted to thankfulness, maybe the most important thing to be thankful for is you. You did it. You made it through another year with beauty and grace and a smile on your face. And that’s something to celebrate.