Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s a time to get together and reunite with family. Typically, families share a great meal, and after that, enjoy awkward stories around the dinner table. Not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving; however, they may celebrate other upcoming holidays. Whether you go the traditional route or are looking to switch things up a little this year, here are the 6 things you can do around Thanksgiving this season!
1. Thanksgiving Dinner
Some people just want to stick to the traditions. Thanksgiving is often done as a large family reunion each year. Food can vary, but it tends to include the following: turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, and mixed vegetables. My own family started an unusual tradition of making a turkey shaped pizza (it’s a long story) every year. Feel free to think of fun new foods or other traditions your family can do!
For all football fans reading, you know exactly what you are looking forward to Thanksgiving night. After the large meal, relax in front of your big screen TV and enjoy the game. ISince 2006, there are 3 prime time games on Thanksgiving. One game is traditionally hosted by the Detroit Lions, a second game is hosted by the Dallas Cowboys, and a third evening game is completely random when it comes to who hosts. Whoever you root for, this can be a fun family activity.
3. Black Friday
Jokingly referred to as “The United States’s National Holiday”, Black Friday occurs the day after Thanksgiving. On this day, items are sold at greatly reduced sales, causing sales to go “into the black”. Premiere items are also sold, but in a limited supply, with only the first 10 or so customers managing to get their hands on one. If you participate in Black Friday shopping, PLEASE exercise caution. For example, do not rush into the store. In addition, stay warm with blankets if waiting in line before the store opens. Stay safe and remember: prices actually drop even further closer to Christmas.
4. Cyber Monday
If going out and battling crowds for that one new gift is not your thing, you are in luck! The Monday after Thanksgiving is referred to as Cyber Monday with sales happening across website stores such as Amazon. Stores such as JC Penny, Kohl’s, Macy’s, and others also provide online discounts as well as the sales on Black Friday. Whether you prefer to stay in or go out, there is a way to find the perfect gift for your loved ones!
5. Small Business Saturday
A lesser known “cousin” of Black Friday is Small Business Saturday. This day honors all the smaller local businesses that struggle against the big corporations on Black Friday. Local stores tend to be family owned with extremely friendly staff. You never know what you might find, so be sure to hit up your local businesses this Thanksgiving season!
6. Escape Rooms
Looking for a new tradition? If you need somewhere to burn off those calories, look no further than an escape room! Escape rooms offer a physical workout as you search about the room while also giving your brain a mental workout. With themes ranging from helping cowboys stop a no-good varment to sending a demon back to where it came from, your family is sure to have a blast!
Book an Escape Room
Looking to book an escape room for your family? Check out our escape rooms here in Arlington! If you need assistance with anything, feel free to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (703) 884-1524.
written by Zachary Hullings