By Kelli Green

If you need to add a little spice to your Thanksgiving day here are some ideas of things to do to occupy your day.

10. Hang Out With Your Family

Seriously, take the day off from the busy hustle and bustle of life and relax! Enjoy some time talking with the family. I love playing games, so plan ahead and grab some board games and have fun.

9. Watch Football

There’s a lot of great football on TV on Thanksgiving. Seriously, Thanksgiving is about family, food, and football!

9:30amĀ Eagles vs. Lions

1:30pm Panthers vs. Cowboys <—– Luke Bryan is be performing the halftime show!!!

5:30pm Bears vs. Packers

8. Turkey Trot

You can call it whatever you’d like, but get out and get some exercise and fresh air. Let’s be honest, you’re about to get down at the dinner table, so earn some calorie credit before you stuff your face with pie. There are some organized run in Claremont, Redlands, and Big Bear if you’re feeling really energetic!

7. Bake

I love to spend the afternoon baking, so why not find your favorite recipes on Pinterest and impress your guests with homemade goodies. If you have extras, share the love and sugar with your neighbors.

6. Set A Plan For Black Friday

If you’re going to go out in search of great deals get a game plan together before you learn the house. A serious shopper will have a plan of attack. Think about what stores you want to go to and what you want to get. black Friday is crazy, be prepared!

5. Shopping

If you are a crazy shopper in search of good deals, some stores are opening really early! We’re talking, Thanksgiving dinner time shopping. So know in advance what stores are opening early so you can be there for the good deals.

4. Start Decorating For Christmas

Thanksgiving night is usually spent laying around the house trying to wake up form your turkey coma, but you know by the time the leftover turkey is put into Ziplock bags the Christmas countdown has begun. Start decorating! Get the kids to do some crafts, so you have homemade decorations and then start setting out the Christmas trinkets and goodies.

3. Have Your Own ‘Chopped’ Competition

I’m a huge fan of the TV show ‘Chopped’, if you are too make your own episode in your own kitchen. Your kitchen is probably already going to be a mess from cooking all day, so don’t worry about that. Once everyone starts to get hungry later in the night, set out the leftover and see what food concoction your family and friends come up with. The one who wins doesn’t have to clean!

2. Help Out At A Soup Kitchen

The holidays are a busy time for soup kitchens and they’d totally appreciate the help. Get the family together and donate a hour of your time. It will help out people in your community and set a good example for your kids.

1. Friendsgiving Pajama Party

If you eat early like my family does by the time it gets dark you’re wondering “What should we do?”. Set a new tradition of “Friendsgiving”and have your friends come over for an after party. Tell them not to dress up, in fact wear their pj’s that way everyone will be comfortable and not have to worry about squeezing in their jeans after a day of marathon eating.



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