How to Have the Most Amazing Thanksgiving Ever
The holidays are approaching! Are you ready? Now's the time to be thinking about how you can have the best Thanksgiving ever. What can make it better than last year? Here are a few ways to make the most of the holiday season and enjoy every moment spent around the table with the ones you love.
1. Make it memorable.
What makes a Thanksgiving most memorable? Is it the food? Is it the table setting? Or is it something else? Yes, those things are all part of the celebration, but the most memorable Thanksgivings are the ones where everyone, including the host, is relaxed, focused on what really matters, and with those whose company you truly enjoy. Forget the stress, give up the idea of perfection, and soak up the present moment with all of the blessings that surround you.
2. Spend it with those you love.
Without the people you love the most, any holiday just isn't the same. Gathering around the table, catching up, laughing together—those are the moments that matter. Most people won't remember the food or the wine or the decorations, but they will remember the fond feelings they had when they were gathered together during the Thanksgiving holiday. Warmth, love and bonding, that's what it's really all about. What can you do to encourage those things this year?
3. Invite someone new.
This one is not always within your comfort zone. But this year, think about the people in your life who may need an invitation. Perhaps it's your elderly neighbor. Maybe it's a family member who's had a rough year. Or it could be the coworker who is going through a divorce or difficult family situation. Opening your home and inviting those who may be alone this holiday is one of the most powerful ways to bring meaning to your Thanksgiving and to share with those in need.
4. Share a moment of thankfulness.
This may sound obvious, or maybe even a little cliche, but taking a few moment out of your Thanksgiving get together to share a personal part of your own life's journey is a really wonderful touch. Whether it's just a conversation, a roundtable where each person share's something, or a special activity—taking the time to vocalize your thankfulness really does make a difference. Go ahead and incorporate it into your Thanksgiving festivities and make it an annual tradition.
5. Eat well.
Let's be honest, we all love food! It draws us together and it makes us happy. We talk, we share, we eat, we drink. Those are parts of the holiday celebration that we all look forward to. Encourage your family to be open to trying something new this Thanksgiving. Be adventurous with your palates and get creative with the seasonal offerings. We all have our favorite dishes, but why not try something you've never had before? Life is short. Eat well!
6. Worry less.
Sometimes holiday gatherings bring unwanted stress and worry. Leave those behind this year and focus on the good and the beautiful things. Be flexible and let go of unrealistic expectations. Laugh more and criticize less. Take a deep breath and live in the moments happening around you, even if they're a little messy or a little crazy. Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to give thanks for what you have and to forget the rest of life's stresses for a little while.
7. Celebrate more.
Sometimes we go through the motions of the day to day. We are too busy rushing or too distracted or just too tired to really celebrate the joys of life. It's time to change that! This Thanksgiving, go ahead and celebrate a little more than normal. Go out of your way to be kind. Be generous where you can. Be grateful for the opportunities you have. Share what you can with others. Celebrate life, love and all the each new day has to offer. Happy Thanksgiving from us to you! May it be the best one yet.