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    Ideas for Family Fun Long After the Turkey Leaves the Table

    Weeks of planning go into making sure your Thanksgiving is a success. You create menu plans, grocery lists, and tablescapes for a perfect meal with family. After the dishes have been cleared and the leftovers stored in the refrigerator, it’s hard to know what to do with visiting family. Boredom can quickly turn into annoyance when faced with a house full of people. To save on boredom and maximize the memories made with those you love, we’ve put together a list of our favorite ideas for family fun over the long holiday weekend.

    Here are a few tips for family activities in the days following the big show. Let us know what you like to do with your crew over the long weekend.

    • Decorate for Christmas- Enlist the family to deck the halls for Christmas! Everyone will love taking a look at the family collection of ornaments, or crafts from years past. Not only will the job take a fraction of the time, but it’ll also be a special experience the whole family can share!
    • Check out a Movie- The holiday season is prime time for box office hits. Make plans for a movie-filled weekend complete with popcorn and candy. Gather the family to watch trailers and buy your tickets online for a cinematic tour de force! If theaters aren’t your scene, cuddle up with Christmas movies and cocoa with the family for a memorable movie fest.
    • Plot Your Black Friday Game Plan- Some families live for the thrill of the hunt for deals on Black Friday. Gather the mailers and coupons and plot your strategy. Plan to camp out or be at the stores bright and early. Family fun can mean big savings and a new family tradition.
    • Check out These Games for Kids- The kids need to be entertained during the long weekend as well. Check out a few of the fun games we listed in our Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet Post for some ideas the younger set is sure to enjoy!  
    • Study Your Family’s History- This could mean a dive into the family tree using a genealogy website, studying family photo albums, or simply gleaning some family stories from the older generations. Family history is an important part of each person’s story. Spending some time as a family to record family facts or simply listen to entertaining family stories is a special way to make memories and glean wisdom from older generations.
    • Video Chat with Long-Distance Family- Set aside some time to gather around technology and connect with the absent members of the family. Video conference with the members of the family who couldn’t join you for the weekend. It’s a fun way to keep everyone together, even if they aren’t physically together.
    • Get Active- Sign up for a charity race, go for a hike, or explore the neighborhood by bike that holiday weekend! Nobody will complain about burning off the extra calories. Some exercise is a great way to enjoy the beautiful fall surroundings and increase those endorphins when family time starts to feel a little too stuffy.
    • Volunteer Together- Doing something meaningful as a family is a great way to give back this holiday season. Call your local food bank, homeless shelter or nonprofit and determine the needs in your area. Consider sending care packages to overseas military personnel or collecting blankets for the area’s homeless. Your family will cherish this means of giving to others during this special season.

    We hope your Thanksgiving is a special time spent with the people you love. We hope these tips help to facilitate lasting memories and tons of fun. From our family to yours, happy Thanksgiving!

     Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

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