Try Some New Tech: Free Thanksgiving Traditions
In our fast-paced world of technology, it takes an effort to slow down and appreciate our blessings, including the technology we depend on. Declare this Thanksgiving Day a techno-free day (after reading this article, of course) and start some traditions beyond the party.
A technology-free day means no use of television, DVD, computers, video games, cell phones, and music / video players.
Do not take photos during Thanksgiving dinner. Designate a photographer to take “official” photos and share them with everyone the next day. Instead of a group photo, take individual photos that can be used in decorations later.
During Thanksgiving dinner, each person can share which techno-tool they miss the most and why. Older family members can each talk about an old tech tool they remember, such as black and white television, 8-track tapes, or corded telephones. Hide a gift card to a tech store or some music downloads under one of the seats to find it at the end of the meal.
Some alternative post-meal activities without techno They include board games, party games, and picnic games. If you’re having a big family reunion, turn it into a kind of Olympic games with competition for teams or families, and multiple games in each category. Each team member participates in a game in each category. Winners get different colored construction paper turkey feathers for first, second, or third place in each game. The family with the most feathers at the end of the day takes home the best leftovers.
If you don’t have an extended family member with you for Thanksgiving, You can cut and decorate construction paper with turkey feathers or index cards as Christmas decorations. Make them big enough so that people can write on the back. Send one to each member of the extended family. Have them write their names and something they are thankful for on the back and return the ornament card or pen. In a couple of weeks, you should be able to post all of the acknowledgments on a refrigerator, bulletin board, or wall, hang over a fireplace mantel, or hang on your Christmas tree.
Remember the families of the soldiers who are deployed abroad. because they are sacrificing their Thanksgiving holidays to serve their country. Make a poster to give to a local military family. Title it “We are grateful for you and your soldier.” Decorate with good wishes and messages of encouragement, as well as Christmas colors and patterns. You may want to include a photo of your family and say that you are grateful for the freedoms soldiers protect.
Make Thanksgiving or Christmas decorations as a family with recycled glass and mirror. Before Thanksgiving, ask a local glass shop if they have leftover pieces of glass and mirrors to recycle. They can even cut large pieces to size for you. Thick mirror and glass can be cut into simple shapes with rounded corners and edges for embellishments. Use paint or glitter glue to decorate with symbols, characters, names, or scenes. You could even write events, things, or people that you are grateful for.
Get ready for Christmas with simple glass decorations. The round mirror can be placed under candle jars or candle holders to reflect light. You can also recycle old photo frames. Have a piece of mirror cut to size and glue it to the frame. Paint the frame a festive color and decorate the mirror first.
The most important thing is to tell the people who are most important to you that you are grateful for them. On Thanksgiving without technology, you may need to write a note. Count your blessings every day, in every way.