The days following a holiday become opportunities of one sort or another: an opportunity to recover, an opportunity to relax, an opportunity to spend time with family. Maybe, just perhaps…the after-holiday weekend offers an opportunity to get a wee bit done, so jumping back into Monday won’t be quite so harsh.

Maybe you’re doing Black Friday. Godspeed.

If not…


25 Things to Do With Family the Weekend After Thanksgiving


 A Little Play

      1. Choose a board game or card game: either a favorite or one your family hasn’t played in awhile
      2. Go for a hike.
      3. Play a pick up game of basketball.
      4. Play a pick up game of baseball.
      5. Play tag.
      6. Just play anything outside or indoors.
      7. Bring out simple art supplies and let everyone make a holiday picture. Don’t forget the clay and play doh.
      8. Have a Lego-building contest
      9. Play dress-up (grown-ups, too)
      10. Watch Holiday/Christmas movies.
      11. Go see holiday lights in your area.
      12. Watch football. Or go binge YouTube videos while other people are watching football.
      13. And then, of course, a pick up game of football.
      14. Read books.
      15. Make pizza. Or pizza bread if you have leftover bread from the holiday. Pizza flavor is a great follow-up meal to a day of potatoes and turkey and stuffing. Also, here’s a breakfast pizza for next week.Thanksgiving side dishespizza bread

        A Little Work

      16. Write out your Christmas list.
      17. Have kids write out their Christmas lists.
      18. Send out those lists to family on email. If those are handwritten, just send a photo of the list you take from their phone.
      19. Demand Christmas lists from other family members.

        A Little Prep

      20. Clean out papers from the first few months of school. (When kids aren’t around so they don’t see you throwing their life’s work in the trash).
      21. Make sure lunchboxes are clean (hopefully, the kids remembered to empty the food before the break)
      22. Put away fall decorations.
      23. Pack school lunches using Thanksgiving leftovers (and maybe a piece or two of Halloween candy).
      24. Make a list of meals you can make with other Thanksgiving leftovers. (Maybe eat some Halloween candy while you do this).
      25. Do some cleaning out of toys and things. Because new space is needed for gifts are coming.



What will your family do on these days?


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