It’s the time when Americans are making plans for the Thanksgiving holiday. By federal law it falls on the fourth Thursday of November each year.
Most businesses are also closed the following day making it a four-day weekend. I see it as a free mini-vacation!
When our kids were still children we had the traditional meal each year. They alternated Thanksgivings between their dad and I.
Mr. Boomer and I would either host the dinner or go to his brother’s home. We started making other plans once the youngest was an adult. But there’s no reason we couldn’t have started sooner.
Here are four non-traditional ways we’ve spent the holiday.
Rent a Vacation Home
A couple of years ago I wanted to spend more time with my sons than a few hours on Thanksgiving Day, so we rented a vacation home in the mountains for the long weekend.
It was fun to get away even though I was still cooking and cleaning! We also spent a lot of time together talking in front of the cozy fireplace, watching old movies and taking the dogs on hikes.
Thanks to internet connectivity I still got in a little Black Friday shopping.
We’ve spent a couple of Thanksgivings cruising the high seas. Yes, they serve a turkey dinner but also have options for people who aren’t fans of the big bird.
There’s no cleaning or cooking plus you have warm weather and you’re on vacation. What could be better! Holiday cruises are popular so book early (or very late) for the best deals.
Yes, Disneyland is open on Thanksgiving Day as are many other theme parks. Plus, they’re not too busy.
One year we flew on turkey day and then started our park-hopping the next day. Thanksgiving is a great day to fly as the airports and planes are not crowded.
I know that many people travel to see family every year. It was a financial stretch to do this when we had to buy four tickets. We only took the kids for Thanksgiving with my extended family once when they were young.
Last year we celebrated Thanksgiving with the California relatives and then I flew on Friday for a family weekend feast. We’re still planning this year.
There’s more than one way to celebrate Thanksgiving. You can give thanks from anywhere.
Have you spent Thanksgiving doing something different than usual?
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