With the whirlwind of the holidays, it’s not always everyone’s favorite time of year. Thanksgiving and Christmas can be a stressful time for folks. The last two months of the year are nothing short of busy, but here are some ideas to make your Thanksgiving or “friendsgiving” gathering stress-free.
A Time for Relaxation
Thanksgiving is a time for family love, turkey love, and the love of the game. There’s nothing more American than watching football and eating turkey with your family on Thanksgiving. Even though I’m not a year ‘round football fan myself, the sounds of football on in the background is a Thanksgiving tradition that immediately sparks my soul with nostalgia. Plus, the commercials are just as entertaining as the game itself! Relaxing with the game on is a definite must for a true, stress-free Thanksgiving gathering.
For any non-football lovers in the family, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is always a sure hit. If you can’t be at the parade in person, you’ll definitely want to watch the giant floats and awesome performances from the comforts of your home. You can learn about the history of the famous annual parade on the parade’s website.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is another Thanksgiving classic that puts me right in the autumn spirit. This is usually an after dinner, pumpkin pie a-la-mode activity at our Thanksgivings. If you don’t already own it, you can buy it on Amazon and get free two-day shipping if you have Amazon Prime. At the end of a warm, cozy meal there’s nothing better than snuggling up with the kids in the family and sleeping off the turkey with A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving lullaby.
Watching football and a parade on TV is not always sure to keep the kiddo’s entertained for long. Having board games on hand is a great way to bond with the whole family on this day of gratitude. Even if there are no kids at your family gathering or friendsgiving, board games bring folks together. If there are new people at your gathering this year, board games are a great way to bond and get to know them. If you’re looking for new games to bring out during your Thanksgiving gathering, Barnes & Noble has a brilliant assortment of new and classic games.
When people start getting restless watching football, playing your own game of touch-football is sure to make amazing memories. If the weather permits, touch-football is a great way to get everybody up and connecting. Whether your gathering has athletes or folks who prefer not to keep score, outdoor games get the good vibes going. Getting outside is one part of the recipe to a stress-free Thanksgiving.
Having a little craft station set up somewhere is always a hit with kids. Whether they have pumpkins to paint, paper to print on, or masks to make, crafts can keep kids creating for hours. If they seem really into it, you could even make an event about everybody showing off what they made after dinner!
The Main Event
With all the fun relaxing and playing with your family, it seems like a shame to step away from all of that rare time together to make dinner. When you hire a personal chef for Thanksgiving, you don’t have to. Relax, play, and bond with your loved ones at your stress-free Thanksgiving gathering. Let your personal chef from Hello Cheffy serve you all that warm comfort food.
In the end, Thanksgiving is a day for gratitude. Going around the table and sharing what you are thankful for while enjoying a gourmet meal prepared by your personal chef will bring lasting memories. When you share out loud what you’re grateful for, it truly echoes in your heart any and all abundance you have in your life. It is important to consciously recognize that if not every day, then at least once a year.
Now that you’re filled with inspiration and resources, go have an amazing, stress-free Thanksgiving! Whether you’re gathering with your family for a traditional Thanksgiving or your chosen family for a friendsgiving, remembering all that you’re grateful for is what will make this holiday a nostalgic one.