This is the first Thanksgiving ever that we did not consume some type of turkey substance. Growing up it was Turkey, our first married years it was turkey loaf (it wasn't that bad), or when we had more funds we would order a small turkey meal at a restaurant or from a deli. Granted we have moved around a lot and haven't been together as extended family for a very long time over the Holidays, but at least we've been able to celebrate with our little family. This year, however, we are not only far from family - but turkeyless! Canada celebrates their Thanksgiving in October, and normally we would put a dinner together, but this year with Craig out of town - we've had to be a little more creative about this weekend. Here are some things you can do this Holiday season happy and enjoyable, when you find yourself "away" from family:
from Martha Stewart - here's the link
1. Make friends your family. Plan something fun to do with your friends over the would-be holiday.
2. Invite the missionaries over for Thanksgiving dinner.
3. Make your own Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings, who cares that half of it will have to be frozen - it's still fun to get together and celebrate.
4. Tivo or watch the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade on TV.
5. Rent or Watch a favorite movie that reminds you of this time of year - make sure to get lots of snacks!
6. Have an hors d'oeuvres dinner. Holidays for us were all about eating crackers and cheese during the football games - or just eating! Plan your favorite hors d'oeuvres and serve them for a meal!
7. Take yourself or own family to a movie.
8. Call home, and wish your missing family Happy Holidays - they will appreciate it and you might not miss them so much.
9. Plan activities about being grateful this Thanksgiving, you can still show your children about gratitude and saying thank you.
10. Remember that you are missed and loved when you can't be home for the Holidays. It can be a fun experience to try something new and a good collection to the stories you can tell to your family the next time you can make it home.
Happy Thanks giving everyone! I have learned so much from each of my fellow blogging friends and am so grateful for your heartfelt words and kindness.
What else can you add to this list?