The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621. The delectable food we currently associate with everyone’s favorite Thursday did not grace that very first table, but early-day ball playing and singing are thought to have been enjoyed by the Wampanoags and English settlers while they waited patiently for their feast of corn and roast meat to begin. We may not indulge in the same foods as the first Thanksgiving celebrants, but sports, music and other fun activities still fill the holiday’s early hours for many families. Setting the table can wait. Here are some enjoyable ways to spend Thanksgiving morning.
Trot Like A Turkey
Enjoy a Parade
Bring all of the kids and other guests together to join in on some of the cooking and decorating. Have the cousins you only see once a year work on designing the centerpiece and others create a draw-and-sign Wish You Were Here card, for relatives who could not make the trip. Some guests can experiment with new ingredients to drop into cookies and others can share their stuffing secret. Bringing everyone together to create a piece of Thanksgiving creates a warm atmosphere and provides an easy going way to fold newcomers and old friends into the festivities.
Corey Whelan is a freelance writer in New York. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.