Each year, many families travel miles to be with loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving.
November, known as the month of giving is centered around family, friends, and spending quality time together. Luckily for me, I have never had to travel more than 15 miles to spend time with my family for Thanksgiving. Each year, my family wakes up early in preparation for the viewing of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – which just so happens to rank at the top of my list for popular television showings.
We gather around the dining room table, to share a time of fellowship with each other and to share our thankfulness for the blessings the year has given to us. Along with the sentimental meanings of this special day, there are so many small happenings that contribute to this remarkable time of the year. Here is a list of a few things you could do with your friends and family throughout the extra-long weekend.
1. Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
If you’ve never seen the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you are truly missing out. My favorite part is always the Broadway segments, musical artist’s appearance and the extravagant floats. It is my dream to be seated front row right in front of the Macy’s Department Store in the heart of New York City. Stay tuned for more details, in making this dream become a reality.
2. Purchase and decorate your Christmas tree.
Alright, don’t criticize me for this one – but my roommate and I have already purchased our Christmas tree for the year. BUT – that is not to say that decorating the Christmas Tree and preparing for the Holidays can’t take place on Thanksgiving. Having the extra time off from school and work – it is the perfect time to decorate and get into the Holiday Spirit
3. Celebrate Black Friday.
Okay ladies, every single one of us – in some sort of fashion, love to shop. Whether it be thrift shopping, online shopping, or department store shopping – we all LOVE it. As for me, I have had many different shopping experiences on Black Friday. I highly recommend going around 4:00 pm on Black Friday. By this time, all of the crazy shoppers are long-gone, the stores have had a chance to restock the inventory left, and the deals are still popping!
4. Finalize your Christmas list.
Yes, I am nineteen years old, and guess what? I STILL have a Christmas List. Although my Christmas List has already been made and sent to my mother, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to add any finishing details to your list!
5. Enjoy Christmas decorations and festivities.
Although, most people do not start decorating their personal homes until the day after Thanksgiving, some public locations begin the Christmas festivities. With the schedule being fairly free, take advantage of the late nights. Ride around with your family and friends, listen to some Christmas music and enjoy the scenery!
6. Take a weekend trip.
Last but not least, use this long weekend to take a trip with your family or friends. Explore new places that you have never seen before. Any destination within a two or three-hour drive is the perfect destination for your weekend get-away!
In saying all these things, above all else relax, take a deep breath, and never forget the true reason for the season. Give thanks for your blessings, tell your loved cares how much you care, and take part of fellowships. Enjoy your company, for these special individuals are never guaranteed tomorrow!