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4 Thanksgiving Ideas to Try This Year

We all know that 2020 has been a year unlike any other. As the holiday season approaches, many of us won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving with our usual traditions due to travel restrictions or general cautiousness around COVID-19. For some of us, the change in holiday plans can be disappointing or even stressful.

In the New Testament, Jesus’ brother James tells us to consider troubles as an opportunity for great joy (James 1:2). Whether you’ll be joining your family via Zoom or simply having a smaller get together this year, that doesn’t mean Thanksgiving 2020 can’t be as special as any other year. Consider trying something new this year and who knows - it may be your favorite Thanksgiving tradition yet!

  • Start a New Tradition
  • Most of our traditional way of life has been altered this year. From cancelled school years to working remotely and attending church online to postponed weddings, we’ve gotten good at being resourceful and being ok with doing things differently. Why not consider doing something completely new this Thanksgiving to stay on trend? Consider moving your family meal to breakfast or serve chicken curry instead of turkey with gravy. Whatever your typical holiday holds, maybe this year is the best excuse to do something memorable and out of the ordinary.

  • Consider a Theme
  • Sometimes a little whimsy goes a long way to making a day memorable. Adding a theme to your Thanksgiving can be as simple or as complex as you’d like it to be. If you’re in charge of the menu, consider foods from a particular country or simply try incorporating cranberries in as many items as you can. Whether your guests are joining you in person or online, ask everyone to wear a shirt with their favorite football team or wear their best thrift store find.

  • Get Some Fresh Air
  • If you have some down time before or after your holiday meal, take a walk together as a family either around the neighborhood, on a trail or in a nearby park. Share the things you’re thankful for as you walk past them like changing leaves, crisp air and squirrels burrowing acorns. You’ll feel good getting your endorphins going and may help change your perspective on this unique holiday season.

  • Add an Activity
  • Your family may go around the table and share what we’re thankful for or even watch football together as a tradition. Shake it up this year by trying a new activity! Have everyone pull a name out of a jar or assign them digitally and then write a note of thanksgiving to that person to be read during dessert. Try playing board games between dinner and dessert. Or give each guest an ornament to add to their tree or to decorate before they leave. If you want to combine this with the theme recommendation, give out toilet paper ornaments as a reminder of what 2020 was like!

Whatever your holiday plans, we hope your Thanksgiving is memorable and filled with gratitude for what our God has done for us. If you’re in need of prayer this holiday season, we would love the opportunity to pray with you. Submit a request via our website or the LCBC app.

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