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Your holiday get togethers are likely looking more intimate with the pandemic still putting a pause on larger gatherings this year. While it may seem a bit disheartening, you can still make the most of Thanksgiving by forging new traditions and memories! We’ve put together some ideas to make your day feel just as festive.


1. Write down or draw what you’re thankful for.

This year especially it’s important to remember what we’re grateful for. Gather your kids, some paper, crayons or coloring pencils and invite them to write or draw what they’re thankful for. You can take it a step further and make this a great conversation piece by filling in a long roll of butcher paper to lay over the table for Thanksgiving dinner!


2. Create a scavenger hunt.

Make a list of Thanksgiving-themed items for you and your kids to look for. This could be around the home or in your neighborhood. Choose a range of things from easy to difficult, such as pumpkins, a yellow leaf, a cornucopia, apples, a football, a scarf, a scarecrow, etc.!


3. Make a decorative centerpiece.

There’s nothing more appealing about Thanksgiving (aside from the food!) than a beautiful table scape. Visit your local farmer’s market and pick up some fall-hued florals and pint-sized pumpkins or gourds, and go foraging for long wispy branches and fallen leaves. Take time assembling an eye-catching bouquet or mini place settings for each family member.


4. Go for a walk.

We’re lucky to live in the Bay Area where nature is plenty! Take advantage of the outdoors and go for a walk pre or post-dinner with your family. Or bring a football, frisbee or bean bag toss to the park and have a family game day to pass the afternoon in fresh air.


5. Host a post-dinner virtual game night.

You may be only spending the holiday with your immediate family or members living close by, but you can still have fun and interact with those far away! Schedule a time for distant relatives to meet on Zoom and have a virtual game night for a fun way to connect with loved ones.


6. Order your holiday dinner from a local restaurant.

If the usual ensemble of cooking an entire feast is overwhelming, 2020 is the year for trying new things! If your celebration will be small, consider supporting a local restaurant and ordering your Thanksgiving dinner. From hors d’oeuvres to dessert, here’s a comprehensive list of participating restaurants in the Bay!