Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

Halloween decorations come down and are replaced by Thanksgiving wreaths as we transfer into chilly November. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday: there’s just something about turkey and family and sitting by the fire that fills my chest with a warm, fuzzy sensation. As we prepare for Thanksgiving, here is my list of the top four ways to spend the wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving.

1. Give thanks: This one is pretty obvious, I know. But seriously, it can be easy to get caught up with the crazy adventures of life and forget how lucky we are to be here. Take time out of your day and actually reflect on what you have and why you’re thankful for it, whether it’s family, friends, or the pumpkin pie that’s waiting for you after dinner.

2. Embrace Thanksgiving traditions: Although they might seem cheesy now, just sit back and enjoy the traditions that you and your family or friends have for Thanksgiving. Every year, my family decorates the Christmas tree on Black Friday. When we were kids, my brother hated it. He would whine the entire time. But now that we’re older, and don’t see family nearly as much, my brother cherishes the time we spend together as a family. So whatever traditions you have, sit back and enjoy them. And if you don’t have any Thanksgiving Traditions, create one.

3. Volunteer: Helping others is an amazing way to spend your Thanksgiving Holiday. One of my favorite things to do for Thanksgiving is to cook a dish and bring it to the homeless shelter in my town. Knowing that you gave someone else something to be thankful for is honestly the best feeling to have on day of giving thanks.

4. Spend time with the people you love: This one is pretty self-explanatory. There is nothing better than being around your best friends and favorite family members. If you can’t be around the people you love most on this Thanksgiving holiday, try to skype or facetime them.

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