Thanksgiving

By: Diana Sproveri – Entertaining Contributor
Diana Sproveri,  designer of baked goods
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When most of us think of Thanksgiving, images of family gathered around a beautifully decorated table usually comes to mind.  However, these days Thanksgiving is anything but traditional.  Whether you spend the holiday with family, friends, your neighbor or your crazy cousins, here are a few Thanksgiving activities for an ever-changing guest list.

FAMILY GATHERING

We love them dearly, but family can sometimes be a challenge, especially if they are visiting or even staying with you.  A fun activity that can bring everyone together is a yearly Thanksgiving photo album.  Each year, have every member bring a photo of themselves, or of other family members that they’ve collected during the year.  Even stories written out for a scrapbook can be fun.  Make a Thanksgiving Album each year and take a look back at years past.  Guaranteed to invoke laughter and a few tears.


FRIENDS

A dinner with friends is Thanksgiving without the pressure.  Making it a potluck also takes the pressure off of you in the kitchen.  Since most probably weren’t able to make it home for the holidays, asking each friend to bring a Thanksgiving dish from their childhood is a great way to get everyone involved.  Ask each friend to write a description about the dish on a notecard or tell a story about their creation.  It’s a great way to make it feel like home for everyone.

KIDS GALORE

Whether your Thanksgiving is with family, or every friend with kids who didn’t fly back East this year, finding ways to keep them entertained while you wait for the turkey button to pop can be daunting.  Since football is most likely to take over the TV, have activity stations set up for young kids.  An art and craft table can be fun to let kids create Thanksgiving Hats and show off their creations to everyone.  I also love to get kids in the kitchen.  Thanksgiving cookie decorating or setting up a station to make mini fruit-filled pies is a great way to pass the time.  Plus, the kids can serve them to everyone, allowing them to contribute to the meal.

No matter what your Thanksgiving guest list looks like, take time to reflect and be thankful for everyone in your life.  Family or acquaintance, friend or foe, we all learn from each other every day and become better versions of ourselves because of the people around us.  A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and maybe you all have a wonderful holiday!

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By: Diana Sproveri – Entertaining Contributor
Diana Sproveri,  designer of baked goods
Contributor’s Website: Diana Sproveri
Image Credits:  Photo 1:  Recipe Idol;  Photo 2: Etsy;  Photo 3: The Shiksa Photo 4: BabblePhoto 5: Midwest Communications

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