Seven Ways to Get Into the Thanksgiving Spirit

October 1, 2023 / Senior Living Community
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A smiling senior woman serves her family Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is much more than just the actual day. There are countless activities to partake in throughout the whole month of November.

We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite ideas to help get you into the spirit of the holiday: 

Create a gratitude tree: This easy arts and crafts project can be done by yourself or with loved ones. Each day leading up to Thanksgiving, you add a leaf to the tree. On the leaf, you write down something you are grateful for. By turkey day, you have a beautiful tree full of people, memories, and aspects of your life that you feel gratitude for. Check out this link to learn how to make your own unique tree.

  1. Try out a new dish: Are you in charge of one of the side dishes for dinner? Or maybe you’re just interested in learning a new recipe? Whatever the reason, getting into the kitchen is sure to put you in a festive mood.
  2. Don’t forget to decorate: Holiday décor isn’t just for Halloween, Hanukkah, or Christmas! Decorating your home with your fall favorites is a great activity to keep the festivities alive between Halloween and Thanksgiving.
  3. Enjoy an afternoon outing: Few places feel more like fall than a pumpkin patch or apple orchard. As a bonus, you’re able to commemorate your afternoon with a pumpkin or freshly picked apples to enjoy at home.
  4. Have a movie marathon: On those cold autumn days, there’s no better activity than a movie marathon. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is a classic Thanksgiving movie that will have you feeling very thankful you weren’t a part of that adventure!
  5. Create holidays gifts: This activity can help you express to your friends and family that you’re thankful for them. Gift ideas include homemade cookies, cards, or little gifts. Remember, it’s not the size but the thought that counts.
  6. Keep the traditions alive: Share memories and family traditions with grandchildren and friends. So even if times have changed, you can pass down a bit of the past to your loved ones. 

If you’re feeling extra thankful this year, try volunteering in your community. There’s no better time than the season of giving to lend a hand to those in need.


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