Thanksgiving Activities, Part 1: Home Edition


Hello, all! Maya here. Em and I thought we’d share some of our favorite Thanksgiving activities with you all!

Returning home after college is always an interesting experience. In this post, which marks part one of our 2017 Thanksgiving series, I’ll be sharing some things to do while home to recuperate and get ready for upcoming finals.

Staying on campus has its own host of challenges. Look for part two in our Thanksgiving series to see some ideas to keep you entertained while on campus!

1. Cook with the family

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For me, this is the best part of Thanksgiving. While I love the plates of turkey and the all-you can eat cornbread, the cooking is the highlight of the day. The entire family together, bumping each other for counter space and tasting each other’s dishes is the perfect way to relieve stress from school. Most of my time at school is spent writing, typing or reading and while all of those are great activities, the opportunity to do something hands on in addition to being with the people I love something I will never get tired of.

2. Yardwork

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I realize no one likes doing chores, but with the fall comes the best chore of all: raking leaves. Get some fresh air, bundle yourself up and go play with some leaves. The combination of the crisp fall air, the red and orange tones of the leaves and the family time, makes for a lot of fun. There’s nothing like running around in the leaves and feeling the wind whip against yourself. Embrace the nostalgia, make a huge pile of leaves and jump in!

3. Explore

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Go somewhere you have never been. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive. It can be a park in another town, a museum, or a new restaurant. As a busy college student, I never have the opportunity to enjoy new places, so Thanksgiving break is the best time to do it, especially when you are with your family.

4. Puzzles and Board Gamesmoritz-schmidt-17467 Thanksgiving Activities, Part 1: Home Edition

Get in some fun after Thanksgiving dinner, and play a game with your family. In my house we love to play dominoes, but that may be different for your family. Whatever the game is, it will definitely be a good time and a little competition in the family is always super fun. You may even want to try a new board game.

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This is maybe one of my favorite activities to with my family. There is such a nostalgic feeling when you’re look back in time and seeing what your family was like when you were younger or maybe not even born yet. This is the ultimate celebration of being together with your family for the holidays and reminds you of the importance of the people you love.

We hope you have a great Thanksgiving, and enjoy spending time with your family. If you are going to be on campus, feel free to check out part two to this article. Let us know how you like to spend your Thanksgiving in the comments below!

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    1. Me too! A little healthy competition always brings people together, especially if you haven’t seen them in a while. Thanks for the comment, Heather:)