5 Thanksgiving Traditions Healthier Than TV

For most of us, Thanksgiving is a holiday marked by overindulgence and lethargy. But, it doesnít have to be that way. Indulging in a delicious feast is one thing ó but becoming lazy and couch-bound as a result isnít very festive. Instead of watching television all day, enjoy fun activities with your family. These healthier holiday traditions will be way more memorable that the football game or watching National Treasure for the sixth time anywaysÖ

Take a group hike. Pre-dinner exercise is a great way to balance out your post-dinner lethargy. Walking and hiking are gentle activities in which the entire family can partake. Either go a couple of hours before dinner while the turkey is finishing up, or afterwards (if you eat early enough) and allow the fresh air to help you digest. Need help locating a hike? Check out these great online resources for finding a hike near you.

Touch football. Or, if watching football is more of your familyís tradition, maybe play some touch football before dinner. Itís a great way to work as a team, have some fun and get some exercise in the brisk November air. Just make sure you donít get too competitive ó or youíll end up like Monica and Ross in Friends, fighting for the game ball while everyone else is feasting.

Make crafts!†Whether you want to sit down with the kiddies and trace hands to make festive, glittery turkeys or you want to get a head start on making wintery holiday decorations like paper snowflakes, you’re never too old to craft. If you have a room of adults, pass out some adult coloring books, pass around the wine and let creativity be unleashed! Crafting is fun for everyone!

Read a classic. If youíve got a theatrical family, try doing a reading of a story ó whether it be Shakespeare or Harry Potter. Divvy up character dialogue, put on absurd accents, wear feathered hats ó just have fun with it! Get creative and crazy as only your family can. This isnít for all families, but if it sounds like something your crazy relatives would be into, give it a shot!

Play a board game. Board games, like Cranium, are fun for all ages and offer a little something for everyone. After dinner, burn off some of that turkey by working your mind! No board games? Try trivia. There are tons of trivia game apps available, so pick out the one that seems most suited to your family. Not into trivia? Card games are†always fun. Give everyone a stack of poker chips or pennies, and play poker, gin rummy, blackjack or even Go Fish. Itís always fun to win a little bit of money ó even if itís fake. Plus, you’ll get the chance to brush off your basic math skills.

Whether youíre using your mind or your body, there are an endless number of Thanksgiving traditions that donít involve sitting on the couch and watching football or a movie. While these ideas are a great place to start, donít be afraid to get creative. What’s your family’s favorite Thanksgiving tradition? Tell us in the comments below!

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natasha p
Past Member about a year ago

cool

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Ellie M
Ellie Mabout a year ago

ty

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Sayenne H3 years ago

Thankssss

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

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holly masih
.3 years ago

nice,if you can get people to cooperate.

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Dave C.
PANDA B3 years ago

thanks

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Kathryn Irby
Past Member 3 years ago

I want to start buying more puzzles, the old-fashioned kind, not the word or the "find a word" puzzles. Heart on the news that people are going back to those! Have to keep my brain "lit up" so as to fight dementia! LOL!

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Carole R.
Carole R3 years ago

Magdalen B: Sweet potato casserole is usually as a side dish, like a vegetable.

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