Cooking, decorating, and playing are perfect bonding activities for families during Thanksgiving. Here are some ideas for having a great time with your loved ones. 

Thanksgiving is a unique holiday. Many families come together for a day full of joy and love. While one of the most important activities is enjoying a delicious meal, the most important thing is being surrounded by loved ones. This is time to de-stress, relax, and have fun.

Surely you have some activities lined up for after your Thanksgiving meal. In some houses, it’s tradition to watch the football game or the Macy’s parade. Others have their favorite board games (Scrabble, Monopoly and Lotería come to my mind). I have created a brief list of different activities that are perfect for doing as a family on Thanksgiving afternoon.

Touch football 

Divide into teams and play a friendly game of touch football. It’s the perfect way to spend time on Thanksgiving. Play while you wait for the turkey to finish cooking or go out and burn some calories after eating. A football game with the whole family is a great way to hang out, exercise and bring out your sporty side.


Say it with gestures. Charades is a classic game for gatherings with family or friends. It’s an excellent option for Thanksgiving. Gather all your guests in one room and form two or three teams. Choose themes like “hits from the 90’s” or “Christmas movies, music, and TV shows” to make the game more interesting.

Roses and thorns

Get your family thinking with “roses and thorns.” You can play before dinner or after you finish. The activity consists of going one by one and saying what has been everyone’s best and worst moments of the year (like a learning moment). This helps create strong bonds within the family.

Lights, camera, action 

After a delicious dinner with my family, I love to curl up on the couch, cover myself with a cashmere blanket, grab a bowl of popcorn, and enjoy some classic holiday films. Look for Home Alone and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving or something newer like Noelle or Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey. Let each member of the family choose a movie and do a marathon until dark.

Make gingerbread houses 

This activity may seem like a lot after a day in the kitchen, but it really is rewarding. I love making gingerbread houses with my little ones as it is a great way to spend time as a family and encourages creativity and imagination. Keep in mind that after all the laughs and memories, you’ll have some clean-up to do…but this can be an excellent family bonding opportunity, too!

Decorate the Christmas tree

One of the most beautiful moments of the year is decorating the Christmas tree as a family. I love to see the smiles of my children when putting ornaments (many of which, they’ve created themselves), garland, and other decorations on the tree. We tell jokes, sing, and laugh a little. It’s a great way to have fun and get in the festive spirit at the same time.

Each of these activities is perfect for fun with the family. Remember that, no matter what you play, it’s not about competition. There are no winners or losers. The most important thing is to enjoy one another’s company.



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