Updated: Oct 22, 2020
I love the fall, cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice anything, and the magic of the holidays. I love how October allows us to make believe that we can be a princess, a black cat, or a witch. It is the start of the cold nights and the gateway to all of the other holidays.
November is a time when I focus on gratitude and family. November transitions us into the miracle of winter with all the hope and wonders it brings.
This year feels different. It has been different. If I dwell on what my children are missing, I become sad and frustrated. I know that I have done what I can within this situation to make the best of birthdays, summer break, the first day of school, and Halloween.
I know that good memories have been made, new traditions have been started and I am thankful for that.
Here I am again, faced with a new challenge: How do I make this Thanksgiving special while keeping our loved ones safe?
When I look at what we, as a society, have had to overcome in the last 7 months, I know that we can find fun and creative ways to celebrate Thanksgiving.
How are you going to celebrate Thanksgiving? If you are like so many of us, you are still scratching your heads trying to figure it out. Guess what my friend, you are not alone!
I went to do a search online and found some fun ideas. Just because this year is different does not mean that we cannot be thankful for what we have and be grateful for those in our life.
Make it Fun for The Kids
Watch Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving
M&M Thanksgiving Gratitude Game (Printable with Instructions)
Breakout the old photos and home videos and watch together
Virtual Zoom Thanksgiving with family members from far away
Have a Friendsgiving with those in your Pod (People you have been spending time with during Quarantine)
Take it outdoors: Bring your own food and celebrate outside with friends or family
Start a gratitude tree in your neighborhood
Donate money to a local shelter
Give yourself permission to be sad, mad, or angry. These feelings are normal and by no means should we forget what we are giving up this year. Let’s continue to reach for the good and find ways to lean into what we can do.