Thanksgiving Day dinners are typically thought of as traditional sit down meals at a large table at a relative’s house, followed by the football games. But it doesn’t have to be, and in fact it can be anything you and your family likes. Even if you’re not all together for the holidays, you can still share a Thanksgiving Day tradition around the world, and still feel close enough together for Thanksgiving.
Go Skiing #10
Take the whole family on a trip to the mountains for a snow filled ski weekend. Cabins, lodges and other ski resort typically have cabins with kitchenettes so you can still cook the perfect turkey dinner while you’re out hitting the slopes. Lake Tahoe has plenty of ski slopes open for your ultimate Thanksgiving Day adventure.
Tropical Thanksgiving #9
Head on down to Florida for some of the warmest winters in North America. Bahia Honda State Park is the perfect Florida Keys Thanksgiving Day destination.
Don’t have the money to fly south for the winter? Try a tropical themed Thanksgiving Day dinner instead. It may be freezing outside, but break out the roast pig and pineapples for a tropical themed Thanksgiving Day dinner.
Visit another Country #8
Explore how the rest of the world celebrates our holiday tradition. Near Mexico or Canada? Slip out of the U.S. for a Thanksgiving Day adventure you and your family will never forget.
Do it on the cheap by having authentic cuisine. Can’t make it to Italy? Have lasagna. Can’t afford India? Have a curry filled Thanksgiving Day dinner!
Cook Dinner for the Less Fortunate #7
Humble your gluttony and guilt this Thanksgiving day by cooking a great dinner with all the fixings and give it to a homeless shelter. Go home and eat macaroni and cheese and see how downtrodden have it on the holidays.
Viking Thanksgiving #6
Throw a feast that rivals Valhalla’s great halls! Break out the horned helmets, turkey legs and Nordic games, for the unconventional adventure in Thanksgiving Day traditions. When you’ve got rowdy kids ready to burn off all that extra energy, a round of good old Viking games will keep them occupied while the feast is prepared.
Hats off Thanksgiving #5
Put on your best Sunday hat, silliest hat or top hat for the wackiest Thanksgiving Day dinner ever! Prizes for the best homemade hat, biggest hat and best hat all make for some interesting family competitions and a great Thanksgiving Day tradition.
Pirates Power #4
Arrgh me matey’s! A vast yee and shiver yur timbers, for a fun pirate themed Thanksgiving Day dinner. Eye patches, peg-leg turkeys and carving the turkey with your cutlass all make for interesting gags and great family traditions for Thanksgiving.
Block Party #3
Throw the perfect block party in your neighborhood and shut the street for the ultimate in pot luck Thanksgiving Day dinners. Save money when everyone brings a dish or go all out and hire your own catering service.
Go Green #2
Help reduce you and your family’s holiday carbon footprint by going green. Organic foods, light traveling and eating a heritage turkey are all good ways to go green for the holiday. Check out these other ways to go green for Thanksgiving.
Go to a Live Football Game
Why watch your family’s favorite game on TV when you can watch the game in real life? Start a savings fund the day after Thanksgiving to start next years best Thanksgiving Day family tradition.