Thanksgiving Thoughts and Things to Do

The preparation, the anticipation, and the safe arrival of travelers from near and far sets the mood for our much loved Thanksgiving holiday.  Whether you are the host, or being hosted, the sharing of this special, traditional meal is treasured by all.

Family, friends, food and football — it doesn’t get much better than that. Well maybe it can.  Consider inviting an elderly neighbor or new neighbors to join you for Thanksgiving this year.  Stories of Thanksgiving’s past will warm you,  and welcoming the newly relocated will remind you of how fortunate we are to live in Central New York.

If your house is full and rowdy, send the troops out to the B’ville Kiwanis Turkey Trot  or the Friends of Schiller Park Thanksgiving Day run in the morning.  If some peace and quiet is needed after the meal, encourage all to take a long leisurely walk at Green Lakes, Baltimore Woods or Thornden Park.  If energy abounds pass out rakes and send the guests out to rake a  neighbor’s yard.  Or team everyone up for a neighborhood Thanksgiving inspired scavenger hunt – take pictures of the items located for proof and have a record of a fun time shared.  

You can’t eat or watch football all day long now can you? Why not pull yourself up out of that lazy-boy, offer to do a few dishes, and then consider one of our suggestions — or better yet come up with a few of your own and share them with us.  Put everyone to work getting the outdoor Christmas lights up, complete a crossword puzzle together, do a spontaneous neighborhood canned food drive, or go through old family photos and identify who, what, where and when.

However you spend your day, be sure to take a moment to give thanks — we have so much to be thankful for –each and every one of us.  Happy Thanksgiving – The Pei Lin Team

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