30 Nov

Ways to Make Your Thanksgiving more Meaningful

Kansas City Spa Happy Holidays

Every family seems to have their own set of holiday traditions. This year, why not try something different and create some new Thanksgiving traditions? Here are some fresh ideas to try this turkey day — and perhaps for many more years to come.

1. Create a banner you can use year after year. Use what you have in the house to create a gratitude banner to decorate your dining room on Thanksgiving.

2. Invite someone who doesn’t have a place to go. Whether it’s a work colleague or a friend of a friend, if you hear of someone who won’t be able to go home this Thanksgiving, invite him or her to your home to share this special meal.

3. Set up a never-ending gratitude list. Unfurl a roll of butcher paper and set it on a side table or buffet with a cup of pens and a little sign encouraging guests to record the things they are grateful for.

4. Share the bounty. Before the holiday comes, take stock of your own good fortune and see if you can afford to donate a few bags of much-needed food to your local food bank or soup kitchen.

5. Have a potluck of objects. Ask your guests to bring something to place on the table that is meaningful to them, whether it’s a saltshaker bought on a special trip or great-grandma’s gravy boat.

6. Share your family’s treasured recipes. If you always make a favorite dish that’s been passed down through your family, this year take the time to copy it out on cards to give guests, along with the story behind it.

7. End the day outside. Take a walk, play football or sit around an outdoor fire with a final glass of wine. After all of that cooking and eating indoors, it feels lovely to step out into the crisp air.

And…at the Thanksgiving table have a little fun by seeing if anyone knows the answers to these Thanksgiving trivia questions!

Was there Turkey at the First Thanksgiving?
There is no evidence that turkey was eaten at the first Thanksgiving shared between the pilgrims and Wamponoag tribe in 1621. It’s more likely that they ate venison and a lot of seafood.

What is the relationship between frozen TV dinners and Thanksgiving?
Apparently, part of the reason that Swanson started creating T.V. dinners in 1953 was because it needed to find something to do with the massive amount of leftover frozen Thanksgiving turkeys.

How did the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begin?
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade began in 1924 with 400 employees marching o from Convent Avenue and 145th Street in New York City. During this time, the parade was accompanied with live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo – from camels to elephants.

At this time of year, we’re thankful for many things… especially our loyal customers like you.   From our family to yours… Happy Thanksgiving!