For so many of us, this Thanksgiving season looks a little different. From not being able to travel to shifting our shopping experiences online there are still ways we can create traditions for our families and have a great time while doing it.
Have a Thanksgiving Brunch
Who says that Thanksgiving celebrations need to be for dinner? From waffles and mimosas to roasted sweet potatoes, the traditional Thanksgiving dinner can easily be converted into a tasty brunch. Breads, muffins, and pies – perfect! Our family has had Thanksgiving breakfast for years and you can find some great breakfast and brunch recipes that are perfect for your celebration here.
Have a Bake-Off
Are you a fan of baking and cooking contest shows? Our family is too. A great way to spend an afternoon with some very tasty results! As a family, agree to the terms of the contest. Try to use the ingredients you have. Be creative. Do you have to make a chicken sound every time you crack an egg? Is there a weird walk you do when you have to get an ingredient you have forgotten? What recipes are your favorites? If your kiddos are little, pair up and help them pick their favorites. Now go get baking!
Create a Blessing Jar
This is an activity that lasts all year long and one of my favorite activities of the holiday season. Every year our family writes blessings for each family member that they can use all year long. To create a festive decoration that can be used throughout the holiday season. Use different colored paper for each family member that matches the colors that you are using to decorate your home. Throughout the season, each person writes words of congratulations and praise for their family members and places those blessings in the jar. Once the holiday season is over, your blessing jar should be ready for the new year. Any time you or someone in the family needs a pick me up, they can pull a note from the jar that someone has left specifically for them!
Get out and Hike!
Richmond has some really wonderful places to explore. From Maymont Park, to the Canal Walk and Brown’s Island there are so many things to see. Try to look at each location as if you were a tourist and this is the first time you are seeing each place. It’s amazing what new things you will be able to find!
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
There is no better time to go on a scavenger hunt than right now. See new sites, take great pictures! Our RVA Scavenger Hunt is the perfect way to spend a weekend and to have fun as a family! Make it a contest, collect points, and create great memories! Most of all HAVE FUN!
Go Look at the Christmas Lights
Looking at the Tacky Lights is a Richmond Tradition! And its that time of year to load the kiddos up into the car and have a great night. With it getting dark earlier, head out with enough time to see some great neighborhoods and still get home in time for the kids to go to bed.
You can use a simple shower caddy to create a snack station that will not only hold hot chocolate, but snacks, popcorn and even a bag to hold the trash.
There are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer!
Thanksgiving is often a time when we physically show our gratitude to our greater community. There are still plenty of ways to volunteer – with just a pinch of creativity!
Make a gift basket for a Neighbor
What a great way to bring a smile to someone’s face! Do you have a basket? Fill it with the goodies that you made during your competition. Throw in some beverages and some other extra snacks, and it’s a great way to show your neighbors how much you care.
You can still help your favorite Non-Profit!
Our non-profits are still running and doing great things in Richmond! There are plenty of ways to still help them out. Do they have a published Amazon Wish List? Are there any supplies that they need?
You can also support the staff that keeps the non-profit running! They often work behind the scenes. Send them baked goods or send them lunch or a treat basket! They will surely thank you!
Make Blessings Bags
Blessing Bags look different this year! Don’t forget the gloves, masks and hand sanitizer. Make sure all of the sanitized items are packed separate from any food items.
Relax and have fun!
Anything goes this year! Wear your pajamas all day! Have a movie marathon. Relax and enjoy the snacks. Most of all have fun together – no need to dress up to spend the best days with our favorite people.