Thanksgiving is next week...

I've been trying to think of ways to spice up our Thanksgiving. It's usually just a lot of food and good conversation, but, I guess, I've been longing for something more.

So...I hit the Internet to find some ideas. I only found three that I really liked.
  1. I don't really like the tradition of everyone going around the table and saying one thing they're thankful for, so I liked this twist on that old game. Name Exchange: Toss everyone’s name in a hat, then have each person draw one name. Allow some time for thought, then have everyone take a turn finishing this sentence, “I’m thankful for _[name drawn]__ because ________.”
  2. Even though it will probably be extremely cold here in MN next week, I though this idea was very fun as well. Take a photography walk — burn off the extra calories from your feast, yet pause long enough to capture the beauty of late autumn on film. I discovered a great trail near my parents house (where dinner will be) that I will definitely bring my camera and suggest this activity. The dogs will love it, too.
  3. StoryCorps. The Day after Thanksgiving is the first annual national day of listening. There is a link at the top of my website for more information. Basically, they're encouraging us to interview someone about their life or remembering someone who has died. They even have a question generator to help decide on some good questions. I don't know if I'll actually do this, but I thought it was a very intriguing idea!

If you have any fun, unique ideas that you do on Thanksgiving, please share! I'm especially interested in ideas for families who don't really like ideas. :-) Sitting around yapping is what we do best! Oh, and eating lots of pie!!


  1. Mel and I have attended a couple of "storytelling parties" that could be adapted to Thanksgiving. You tell everyone who will be at the party/thanksgiving a theme, and everyone comes prepared to tell a story or share an experience based on the theme. It's fun because it draws stories out of the shy half of the crowd and you end up hearing a lot of stories that you wouldn't have heard otherwise.

  2. Oooh! I love those fun, unique ideas...especially the photography walk. I could see my kids going crazy for that, although we'd have to come up with a system for sharing the camera. : )

    I don't really have any creative ideas, I'd have to say we're more like you...a whole lot of yapping and a whole lot of pie. Nothing wrong with that either. ; )


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