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13 ideas for post-thanksgiving dinner fun


fter all the hours of prep work that goes into Thanksgiving dinner, the meal seems as though it’s gobbled up in no time flat. Now what? Here’s a bounty of activity ideas, big and small, for the entire family to enjoy after the big feast.

sign a pumpkin According to positive psychology research, simply expressing gratitude can actually enhance our overall happiness. Invite your family to consider their individual blessings. Purchase a large artificial pumpkin you can bring out each year for your family to sign. Ask each person to write a note on it about what he’s most grateful for this year. Perhaps a new baby arrived into the family, wedding bells soon will be ringing, your child got an A in a difficult class or a loved one overcame a health issue. Be sure to have everyone sign and date it.

create a thanksgiving tablecloth Similar to the pumpkin idea, lay the Thanksgiving table with a memory tablecloth. After the table is cleared, each person can write a note to the host or a note of gratitude using fabric markers. Protect your table by placing a mat like cardboard under the tablecloth in case ink bleeds through it.

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go for a nature walk According to the Calorie Control Council, the traditional Thanksgiving meal serves up 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat for the average American. Start burning some of those calories by taking a stroll after the big meal. Angela Holmes, Overland Park, and her sons Ezekiel, Xavier and Drake, traditionally make the outing extra fun by searching for fossils and bones.

get out the board games Get your kids off their phones and video games and engaged in lighthearted family fun and conversation with a board game. In a world where more and more people say they have zero confidants, playing games together can

KC Parent Magazine November 2017  

KC Parent Magazine November 2017