7 Things to Do for Thanksgiving Weekend When You're Bored

Updated 04/19/19
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It is the biggest food and family holiday of the year, but once Thanksgiving dinner is finished, you may find yourself wondering what to do next. Since all the excitement happens on Thursday, that means you have to find things to do for the whole weekend. If your relatives came in from afar, they may have plans to sightsee. Or maybe your home is obsessed with discounts and everyone plans to go bargain hunting early Friday morning. Call me crazy, but after an entire day of cooking (and cleaning up), my number one priority is to relax.

Luckily, you don’t need to leave the house to do so. Sometimes, the best option is to stay in and work on your home or even on yourself. Everyone needs a little self-care, and there is no better time to indulge than during Thanksgiving weekend. Besides, with holiday shopping in your near future, you better store up all the mindfulness you can before stresses of the holiday season come creeping in.

Don’t waste your weekend in a food coma or arguing about the best holiday special when you could be making happy memories with the family. Today we have put together some great things to do with your loved ones, mostly enjoying the sanctity of the indoors, but with some options to venture out as well.

Eat Leftovers

Obviously, the most important item on the agenda would be to eat those delicious leftovers. I personally feel that Thanksgiving dinner tastes better the following day, especially if some of the cranberries accidentally mix with the gravy. Not to mention, flavors in the casserole will have had a full day to come together.

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Call Relatives

My family never could spend Thanksgiving together all at once, but a nice phone or Facetime call always picked up everyone’s spirits. Technology is truly magical these days, allowing us to speak to and see our distant relatives at any time. And there’s no better time to reconnect than the holiday season.

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Clean the Fridge

The year’s biggest meal has just passed and your family is slowly working its way through dozens of containers of leftovers. Now is the best time to clean the refrigerator, while you have a high rate of plastic container turnover. As you sort through expired to-go bags and forgotten snacks, you might as well tackle the rest of the fridge while you’re at it, including the dark abyss of the freezer.

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Take a Walk in the Park

Before winter brings in the harsh cold, this could be a great time to walk around a local park with the family dog. The air is crisp at the start of the season, and if you’re lucky enough to have snow, this is the best time to frolic in it. Kids may enjoy jumping about on a playground or outdoor games like tag, while parents can enjoy the foliage (if there’s any left!).

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Put Up Holiday Decorations

Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season, which means it’s time to break out those decorations. Spend an afternoon with the family sorting through boxes and putting up lights around your home. If you’re eager, you may even consider buying a Christmas tree.

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Go Shopping

You should feel no pressure to scour shops on just Black Friday—the entire weekend is a great opportunity to score some deals. Small Business Saturday is always a nice occasion to walk around the boulevard and explore all your town’s boutiques. Some stores also make exceptions for Cyber Monday specials over the weekend to make shopping less virtual.

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Host a Game Night

This is the most traveled weekend of the year, but you don’t have to go out in order to enjoy time with your family. Plan a game night with your kid’s favorite board or card game. Or maybe you have figured out how to use an iPad or, uh, Nintendo Switch? Any way that you can have fun together, you should.

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