When the feasting and festivities of Thanksgiving are done you can head straight to the malls to stand in lines and fight crowds for “incredible deals” on everything from toasters to televisions that you may or may not actually need, or you can find creative ways to spend the day with family making the most of the long weekend. Check out these ideas for meaningful ways to spend Black Friday without suffering through the throngs of deal-seekers just to save a few bucks.
Get some off-season “spring” cleaning done. It may not be spring but instead of shopping to fill your house with more clutter, spend the time cleaning out the house to rid yourself of things you no longer want or need. When you do this as a family you can get a lot accomplished and take advantage of the opportunity to rehash memories of how you got some of your most treasured possessions.
This is also a great way to help those less fortunate — and what better time to do that than during the Thanksgiving holiday? After you’ve cleaned out your closets, take those gently used items to a local homeless shelter. It’s not only a great way to clean out the clutter but it teaches kids the value of giving back.
Instead of being indoors shopping all day head out into the wilderness for some fresh air. The day after Thanksgiving is a great day for a hike with the family. Pick one of your favorite trails and enjoy the crisp, fall air and the beautiful colors of the fall foliage. While everyone else is at the mall getting discounts on things they don’t really need you can enjoy family time with the uncrowded serenity of Mother Nature.
Make it a family movie day. Thanksgiving is a popular release date for new movies, giving you a great opportunity to have fun with the family when everyone has the day off to play around.
Plan an after-party with the family. You don’t have to let the festivities stop at the end of Thanksgiving Day and, since many people are torn between having multiple places to visit on the same day, make it fun and easy for everyone by getting together on Black Friday. This way the stress of meeting multiple commitments is out of the picture. (Helpful hint: It’s also a great way to use up those leftovers!)
The Grinch reimaged in intricate ice carvings, superfast indoor snow tubing and a Ferris wheel ride with Santa high above the D.C. area. Sound like fun? You and your family can experience all this and lots more this holiday season at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
Not a fan of giant cruise ships? This might be the year to put Celestyal Cruises on your radar, especially if your dream family destinations are the Greek Islands, the eastern Mediterranean and, new for next year, the Adriatic.
The sun-soaked beaches and piazzas of summer often come to mind when we envision what makes the perfect Italian holiday. However, there’s something to be said for visiting the country during the off season, as it presents itself as an entirely different place, with unexpectedly delightful new ways to appreciate its dolce vita in the forms of food, wine, art, culture, and sophisticated urban life. This is particularly true in Piedmont (a.k.a. Piemonte), which sits at the top of the “boot” and attaches to France.
Christmas is always a fun time of year to explore a new city. This year, head to San Antonio for Christmas with a Tex-Mex flair. This Texas city may not get snow for a white Christmas, but there are still plenty of holiday decorations and festivities to create a memorable, family-friendly experience.