Mackenzie loves finding meaningful ways to celebrate holidays and special occasions.
1. Keep It Simple
It’s easy to get stressed out around the holidays. Perhaps you want to travel to visit family or friends you haven’t seen in a while, but you're struggling to fit it all in. There is always a possibility of plane delays and bad weather, and traveling can be expensive.
To reduce stress and cost, try to have everyone meet in the same location. It could be at grandma's house, uncle Ed's, or a family friend's place. Wherever you choose, It’s easier to have people meet in the same place and at the same time. Not only does this reduce cost and anxiety, but it also allows you to live in the moment instead of worrying about getting everything done.
2. Pick Some Fun Activities
Next, pick something fun to do with your loved ones. Seeing a movie is fine, but consider adding a hike or a picnic to the thanksgiving schedule. The leaves are still on the trees and the views are beautiful. Before you know it, it will be winter weather. It's the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors. Other options include seeing a play at your local theatre or having a game night. Whatever you choose, make sure it allows family and friends to interact and enjoy each other's company.
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3. Make Cooking a Group Effort
One of the most beloved parts of thanksgiving is the food. The turkey, the corn, and the cranberry sauce are a part of many people's traditions. However, making the meal can sometimes be a more stressful than enjoyable experience. If you are having a group dinner, it can be overwhelming to prepare enough food for everyone on time. It's crucial not to make food the center of the day, but to instead use it as a way to bring people together. One way to do this is to make everyone a part of the process. Even the kids can get involved. They can help make the apple pie or set the table, and in doing so, feel a sense of accomplishment.
4. Limit Screen Time
Nowadays, phones, laptops, and tablets are a part of our daily lives. They allow us to connect and communicate on a new level. Most of the day, we are receiving text messages and notifications. Unfortunately, too much technology interferes with the time we spend with family and friends.
Consider limiting the amount of screen time on Thanksgiving. Football and parades are important traditions for many families. Consider making it more about family by limiting unnecessary phone calls and email checks. This way, you will have fewer distractions and more time to enjoy the day.
Kemonica Rodgers on November 10, 2019: