It is the biggest food-centric 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 might have plans to sightsee. Or maybe your family is obsessed with discounts, and everyone plans to go bargain hunting early Friday morning. Call us crazy, but after an entire day of cooking (and cleaning up), our 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 the holiday season's stresses come creeping in.
Don't waste your weekend being bored when you could be making happy memories with the family. Here are our picks for the best things to do over Thanksgiving weekend.
In our opinion, the most important item on the agenda would be to eat those delicious leftovers. We 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 casseroles will have had a full day to come together.
If you're feeling a little overwhelmed about making an entirely new meal out of last night's leftovers, let us suggest this sandwich from The College Housewife. It's packed with all of the best flavors of Thanksgiving: cranberries, shredded turkey, gravy, and arugula. Pile it all on a Hawaiian roll, and you are in for a treat.
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 plastic container turnover rate.) As you sort through expired to-go boxes 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. Bonus points if you use natural cleaning products.
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. 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!).
Host a Game Night
This is the most-traveled weekend of the year, but you don’t have to go out to enjoy time with your family. Plan a game night with your kids' favorite board or card game. Or maybe you have figured out how to use an iPad or Nintendo Switch? Any way that you can have fun together, you should.
Turn on a Movie
Awards season is coming right up, so take this opportunity to catch up on all the great movies out this time of year. Pick a family-friendly flick to see all together or go with your S.O. for something a little more romantic.