Thanksgiving Day is spending quality time with friends, family, and loved ones you hold near and dear to your heart. What was originally a festive celebration to celebrate an abundant harvest has become one of the most anticipated and biggest fall holidays worldwide, especially in the United States. Different families may have their own unique way of making this occasion extra special. This may include observing timeless Thanksgiving traditions that make it even more memorable.
Dress up your door and entryway
Put anyone who shows up on your doorstep in a festive mood by decorating your porch, doorway, and entryway for Thanksgiving. Hang a charming autumn wreath, stack colorful gourds on top of each other, or display a pot or vase of rich-colored-fall flower arrangements. Add some vintage lanterns for drama, and you're good to go.
Watch Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
This holiday wouldn't be the same without Macy's Annual Thanksgiving Parade, which features colorful and gigantic inflatables from classics like Snoopy, the Pillsbury Doughboy, and children's favorite characters from Paw Patrol, Spongebob, Picachu, and Ada Twist. Every year, thousands of locals and tourists march down as early as 6 AM ET on the west side of Central Park West from West 75th to West 61st Streets in New York. The iconic event is streamed live on NBC and Peacock.
Prepare a Traditional Thanksgiving Feast
In the US, a traditional Thanksgiving meal usually involves several sumptuous dishes, including roast turkey, different stuffings, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, Brussels sprouts, corn, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie, and candied yams.
Celebrate With A Grateful Heart
Thanksgiving is a fantastic opportunity to highlight all the good things that have come your way. The day's highlight is the bountiful feast shared with people you're most thankful to have in your life. This may include family, significant other, friends, colleagues, or even random strangers if you choose to spend yours, for example, at a community soup kitchen. As everyone gathers at the dining table, the host will bless the food, saying the top things they're most grateful for this year and encouraging others to follow suit.
Decorate with a Chic Cornucopia-inspired Thanksgiving centerpiece
Cornucopia flower arrangements are an iconic symbol of Thanksgiving Day. According to Merriam-Webster, it was derived from the Latin word "cornu copiae," which means the horn of plenty." In Greek mythology, it is believed that Zeus was fed from this horn as an infant god.
Over the years, the Cornucopia as a Thanksgiving centerpiece has evolved continuously and creatively. Some still feature a horn or a basket decorated with fresh fall flowers and seasonal harvests, including miniature gourds, artichokes, and fruits like pomegranates and berries.
Host a Fab Friendsgiving Party
Will you be away from family during Thanksgiving, or will you have friends who will be? Invite them over and host a fabulous Friendsgiving celebration. Make them bring homemade recipes they're most proud of, a bottle of excellent wine, spruce up your home with beautiful autumn arrangements, and have a wonderful night celebrating the gift of friendship and chosen family.
Give back by doing something meaningful for others
Thanksgiving shouldn’t only be about counting your blessings; it can also be giving others a reason to be thankful for. If you feel like you have been blessed this year, here are some ways to make Thanksgiving Day a happier occasion for others.
- Volunteer or donate at local soup kitchens serving the homeless.
- Visit an animal shelter and donate essential pet supplies.
- Send colorful bouquets to a children’s hospital, hospice care, or nursing homes near you.
- Declutter your home and donate your stuff to charity.
- If you own a business and have employees working for you, give them a token of appreciation or treat them to a nice Thanksgiving lunch.
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