Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.
When I was younger, I think I loved Thanksgiving because I had no school for almost a week. In high school, I loved Thanksgiving because it was a chance for me to be creative in the kitchen. (High school was when I really started to love to cook.) Now, it’s one of the few times a year that I get to see my best friends—we all try to venture back to Jacksonville for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas—and spend some quality time with my family.
It’s a shame how life—errands, work, drama, geography, school—get in the way. I’m lucky if my one of my best friends, Rachel, and I get to Skype twice a month. After watching this video in my Communication Theory course on Monday I realized that I needed to do a better job of expressing my love, support and gratitude to others.
To me, this is what Thanksgiving is all about– and these are the feelings I want to illicit in others and in myself this month.
Day 1 – The best fall sweaters, coats, and scarves.
Day 2 – Create an autumn-themed wreath for the front door.
Day 3 — Make a healthy recipe using pumpkin.
Day 4 – Use chard to make a healthy meatless Monday recipe.
Day 5 — Put your Pinterest boards to work and bake a sweet treat using pumpkin or apples. Give these treats away.
Day 6 – Describe a bad situation in which you found yourself and how the situation changed you in a positive way.
Day 7 – Thankful Thursday: Call or send a handwritten note to someone who is important to you.
Day 8 — What’s one policy or community issue that you wish more people knew about?
Day 9 — Pay for the person ahead of you at Starbucks.
Day 10 – Dedicate a yoga practice to someone you don’t like very much. Document.
Day 11 — Use Belgian endive to make a healthy meatless Monday recipe.
Day 12 — Who do you think has a really good outlook on life that you wish you could emulate? Why?
Day 13 – What 13 things are you thankful for right now? Be specific.
Day 14 – Thankful Thursday: Call or send someone a handwritten note to someone who inspires you to be a better person.
Day 15 – Favorite Thanksgiving memory.
Day 16 — Create a playlist using Spotify of your favorite songs right now.
Day 17 – Dedicate a yoga practice to yourself; make sure to send yourself a lot of love. Document.
Day 18 — Donate pet food to local pet shelter. (Try not to adopt a pet.) And also bring by something for the people that work at the shelter.
Day 19 — Bake something using apples. Give it away.
Day 20 — Use apples in a savory dish.
Day 21 – Thankful Thursday: Call or send a handwritten note to someone who you consider to be a mentor.
Day 22 — Describe your perfect Thanksgiving.
Day 23 – Paint or draw an autumn scene. Put it on your fridge.
Day 24 — Dedicate a yoga practice to someone you love. Document.
Day 25 — Use squash for a healthy meatless Monday recipe.
Day 26 — Be crazy today. Do and say things that are outrageous– in a good way– and that will pleasantly shock others.
Day 27 — Bake a non-traditional pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.
Day 28 – Photo every hour of your Thanksgiving Day
Day 29 — Use your leftovers to make something completely new, different and tasty.
Day 30 – React to this word: ungrateful.