Thanksgiving is a time to come together with loved ones and celebrate all that we’re grateful for. From the delicious meal to the warm company, there’s so much to be thankful for on this special day. 

There are many ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. No matter how you spend the day, it’s a special time to connect with the people you care about and express your gratitude. 

In addition to enjoying the traditional Thanksgiving feast, there are many fun and meaningful activities that you can do with your family and friends.  

Here are a few ideas 

  1. Play a Thanksgiving trivia game. Create a list of Thanksgiving trivia questions, such as “What is the first Thanksgiving dish?” or “What is the name of the president who pardoned the first Thanksgiving turkey?” Then, quiz your family and friends on their Thanksgiving knowledge. 
  2. Write a Thanksgiving poem or song. Have your family and friends each write a poem or song about what they’re thankful for. Then, share your creations with each other. 
  3. Make a Thanksgiving craft. There are many different Thanksgiving crafts that you can make, such as turkey hand puppets, corn on the cob place markers, and pumpkin centerpieces. Get creative and have fun with it! 
  4. Go for a walk or hike. Get some fresh air and exercise before or after your meal. If you live in a rural area, you might even be able to spot some wildlife. 
  5. Play a board game. This is a great way to relax and have some fun after dinner. There are many different board games to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that everyone will enjoy. 
  6. Watch a movie. If you’re feeling in the mood for a more relaxed activity, cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie together. Choose a Thanksgiving-themed movie, or something else that everyone will enjoy. 
  7. Have a Thanksgiving-themed scavenger hunt. This is a fun activity for kids and adults alike. Hide Thanksgiving-themed items around your house or yard and have everyone race to find them. 
  8. Make a gratitude tree. Write down things that you’re grateful for on leaves and hang them on a tree. This is a great way to reflect on all the good things in your life. 
  9. Play a game of touch football. This is a fun and active way to burn off some calories after your meal. 
  10. Sing Thanksgiving songs. Gather everyone around the piano or put on some music and sing Thanksgiving carols together. 
  11. Write thank-you notes. Take some time to write thank-you notes to the people you’re grateful for. This is a simple way to show your appreciation for the people in your life. 
  12. Tell stories. Share stories about your favorite Thanksgiving memories or other special moments in your life. 
  13. Sing karaoke. Let loose and have some fun singing karaoke with your family and friends. 
  14. Volunteer your time. Spend Thanksgiving helping others at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. 
  15. Have a Thanksgiving potluck. Ask everyone to bring a dish to share. 
  16. Go to a Thanksgiving parade or festival. Watch the floats go by and enjoy the festive atmosphere. 
  17. Take a Thanksgiving Road trip. Visit family and friends who live out of town. 
  18. Start a new Thanksgiving tradition. Create a new tradition that you can do with your family and friends every year. 

No matter what activities you choose, the most important thing is to spend time with the people you love and cherish the moments making your Thanksgiving season and celebration even more meaningful and memorable 

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  1. These are great ideas! We’ve done the graitutde tree the last few years. It’s been so fun to see the tree leaf out with thankfulness.

    1. Thanks so much Barbara. The gratitude tree is fun isn’t it.

  2. Paula, I love these ideas. I recently created a craft for Thanksgiving. You know how much I love creating crafts. A nice hike sounds nice as well. I just love being able to create even more memories with my family during this time of year. Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful monthly link-up. I appreciate it. Have a wonderful week.

    1. You’re so welcome Steph. I’m always happy when you come and visit with me.

      1. Paula, have a wonderful weekend!

  3. So many fun ideas you have pulled together, Paula. These are sure to be enjoyed by those of any age. Now to decide which I want to do with my family 🙂

  4. So many good suggestions, Paula. I hope November is full of blessings for you, my friend!

    1. Thanks Lois. Wishing you a Happy November to you too.

  5. These are great Thanksgiving activity ideas! We’re having a Friendsgiving dinner tomorrow with about 30 people I think and then on Thanksgiving Day we like to take a walk after dinner if the weather is decent and of course, football is on the TV all day 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at the Senior Salon Pit Stop #285 and for hosting the Sweet Tea & Friends party!

    1. Thanks Maria, oh your Friendsgiving sounds so fun. I’m always happy to visit with all of you at SSPS. And you are so welcome.

  6. Paula, These are great ideas! I love the craft and trivia ones. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thank you for hosting this lovely linkup. This week, I’m sharing posts 29, 30, and 31. I’m off now to visit other posts and leave some comments, and then I’ll see you again next week. 🙂 Thanks again!

    1. Thanks Jen. I’ll see you next week too.

  7. Thank you, Paula, for providing this lovely opportunity for us to gather each month! This is such a wonderful time of year to celebrate with family and friends! Wishing you a wonderful month ahead! 🧡🍁🧡

    1. You’re so very welcome Laura it’s my pleasure ♥️

  8. Those are such great Thanksgiving ideas. Thanks for the party.

    1. Thanks so much Amy and you’re very welcome.

  9. We don’t do Thanksgiving here in the UK (OBVs) but any excuse for getting family and friends toghether is well loved by all.
    Thanks for linking with #pocolo

    1. You’re so welcome Suzanne.

  10. These are such lovely ideas, Paula. I especially like the gratitude tree and the Thanksgiving potluck! Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Community!

    1. You’re so welcome April. It’s my pleasure.

  11. Paula, I love all yrou ideas! We always do a lot of talking and I like when we go around the table and tell what we are thankful for, it seems to add a special moment for the day. Thanks for hosting, I sure appreciate it!

    1. Thank you Melynda and your so welcome 🤗

  12. Hi, Paula. I’m visiting again this week with 63, 64, and 65, and I’ve left a link to my weekly linkup as well. Thank you so much for hosting this lovely linkup! I’m off now to visit 3 other posts and leave some comment love. I hope you have a wonderful week.

    1. I so appreciate you Jen 🤗

  13. Hi, Paula. Thank you for hosting this wonderful party. My entries are 67 and 68. I did the grateful posts in October for my blog. One of the things we do at Thanksgiving is a list for our Christmas exchange. We all sit at the table and write down a list 1-5 gift ideas. Once we have written those down, we place them in a bowl and draw one list. Then we play a card game. This is a family tradition I look forward to every year! I like the Sing karaoke idea. This is something any one 5 thru 80 can do. And this is the age range we will have at Thanksgiving!
    Take care and best wishes.

    1. Debbie thanks bunches for linking up! And you’re so welcome. I like the idea of a gift exchange. 🤗

  14. So many great ideas, Paula. We have done variations of a few of them but I spotted a couple more that would be fun.

    1. Thanks Donna, and I’m happy you spotted a couple more to try. 🤗

  15. I’m thankful for your many wonderful ideas, Paula. I always appreciate taking a walk during the Thanksgiving festivities to keep my spirit and soul in proper alignment with Him. A scented candle is nice to have burning on the dining room table, and puzzles can be a fun past time if it is super cold outside. May you have a grace-filled Thanksgiving, Paula.

  16. I hope you’ve had a great week, Paula! I’m back this week sharing links 94. 95, and 96. I’m off to read and comment on a few more. Thanks so much for hosting this lovely linkup! See you next week.

  17. I love this feature for the links and also the ideas for Thanksgiving. I’m going to save these because they would be great for Christmas and other holidays as well!

    I’m hopping over here from the Weekend Traffic Jam. Thanks for signing up there so I could find your blog.

    1. Thank you Lisa, now that I think about it these sure can be used for other holidays as well.

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