Are you an early Thanksgiving feaster? Or a late one? It seems to me people fall into two camps — those who eat their Thanksgiving dinner around noon (this always reminds me of the Little House books, where Ma served dinner in the middle of the day), and those who eat their dinner around 6pm or so. There are good arguments for both, but I’m in favor of eating in the middle of the day, because it leaves the rest of the day for picking at the turkey. Or…eating your big meal at noon and having your dessert for dinner. Yes. That.
No matter how you time it, though, you have a gap in the day, while everyone’s waiting for food. Or after everyone’s eaten and you all desperately need to get outside and walk and shake off the turkey coma.
So I’ve come up with a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt. Grab a pencil, print one (or a few!) of these out, and take a walk around the neighborhood and see what you can find. You can click here to print your own. Bonus points if you catch a neighbor already putting up Christmas lights!
Honestly, though, I love getting outside this time of year. One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories with my husband and kids was going hiking Thanksgiving morning a few years ago. It’s really really hard not to be thankful when you start your day walking in the mountains. The turkey didn’t cook that year, we ended up eating at like 7:30pm, and the kids broke one of my favorite plates while they were goofing off in the house…but it was a good day.
So — whether you do this hunt, go for a big hike, or just grab everyone and walk around the block, I think you’ll have a great time exploring outside this Thanksgiving. I really do hope so.
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