In the year of 2020, everything is different. And this has included ALL holidays. We are now at Thanksgiving.
If you are stuck at home with just your immediate family, know that we feel the pain like you do. Know that we miss our families, too. And know that this can still be a meaningful holiday.
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Find more ideas in our our Thanksgiving Weekend Family Guide.
Thanksgiving Day Conveniences
- Make it a potluck – Every dish brought by a guest is one less for you to prepare.
- Order your groceries online and have them delivered to your house – While there are plenty of Twin Cities delivery options, if you live near a Jerry’s Food’s in Woodbury, Edina, or Eden Prairie, you have a local option. They have launched Good2Go Online so that you can buy your groceries and have them delivered to you.
- Pick up a full Thanksgiving to-go meal package
-from Edina’s Red River Kitchen, located at the Club House at Braemar Golf Course. For $125, the meal serves 4-5 and is complete with turkey, gravy, all of the fixings and pumpkin pie for dessert. Preorder by Sunday, November 22 and pick up on Wednesday, November 25. Call 952.303.3481 to order
–from Mall of America’s FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar. For $150+ tax, the meal serves 4 and needs to be pre-ordered on Tock for $150 + tax for contactless pickup. There are also options for add-ons.
Easy Breakfast Plan – Joy and family traditionally start holiday mornings with a breakfast tray. Trays are prepared ahead the night before and are made up of whatever meats, cheeses, finger fruits and bread/crackers the family wants. No tray is ever alike, but its always an easy way to start out the morning.
Snacks to Tide You Over – One thing Gianna started doing just last year was bringing snack mixes to the festivities. When we get all concerned about the meal, we sometimes forget that we need to have some food to tide us over. Somewhat similarly to Joy’s breakfast tray, Gianna has committed to this tradition. So she has been scouring the internet for some delectable, light snacks.
- Cut out triangles or squares.
- Give each person a marker to fill out what they are thankful for.
- Use washi tape to attach each flag to a string.
Volunteer Projects to Foster Selflessness
These are some projects you can do together at home. Gather the supplies, store them in a box until Thanksgiving, and make serving others a party.
Help the Homeless – By filling Zipper Bags with snacks and personal items, 8 year old Evie passes these small tokens of Good Wishes to the homeless men and women she meets throughout the winter months. Thanksgiving is a great day to fill bags and create a stockpile in your car.
Comfort for the Hospitalized – When you are in the hospital for an extended period of time, it can wear on your soul. Taking the time to send love to those in the hospital is a gift. They are seen and remembered. Even if you do not know anyone in the hospital, you can create cards or gifts for those who need them most.
Thanksgiving Activities/Games to Play
Thanksgiving Mad Libs – Click here for a printable Mad Libs for your family
Buy your feathers from Amazon here: Touch of Nature 38034 Turkey Flats, 34 grams, Assorted Mix
Thanksgiving Stories to Read by Local Authors
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Over the River by Derek Anderson
Grace’s Thanksgiving by Lisa Bullard
What to do with the Leftovers
Grilled Rachels are a super easy Thanksgiving leftover recipe that doesn’t taste exactly like the turkey dinner you just finished. This easy to make sandwich combines leftover turkey, with sauerkraut or leftover coleslaw, Russian dressing and Swiss cheese on rye. Stack it on and grill it on your stove top. I’ve listed the traditional ingredients, but feel free to use whatever bread, cheese and dressing you have on hand.
Turkey Pot Pie is a good way to freeze and enjoy your leftovers at a later date. Just pile leftovers into a store-bought pie shell as you are cleaning up, cover with another pie shell and freeze until you are looking for a fast meal. Turkey, gravy, stuffing, potatoes, and veggies are obvious additions; but don’t be afraid to get creative.