One of the not so fun parts about adulthood is having to decide not to spend money on flights home for Thanksgiving. Matt and I reluctantly made this decision, and I know a lot of people have been or will be in this situation. Here are some great ways to make Thanksgiving away from home enjoyable!
Get together with friends: Do you have friends who aren’t going home either? Get together for “Friendsgiving” on Thanksgiving. Divvy up who brings what, and the host gets to brainstorm some fun games!
Plan for your favorites: We all have favorite Thanksgiving day foods, so plan to make them! Ask your relatives for the recipes, and plan to make smaller versions depending on the size of your crowd. Or make the full recipe and plan on having glorious leftovers for days.
Call home: With all of this technology, take advantage of it and coordinate videochats or phone calls with your family! Even if you’re passed around for a bit, it’ll make you feel like you’re at least a little bit apart of the action.
Create your own traditions: Mesh you and your friends traditions, or create a completely new one! Order take-out, watch a certain movie or make a fun new dish! Maybe you run every Thanksgiving morning, or start the day with Irish coffee.
Distract yourself: Sometimes the best thing you can do is distract yourself. Watch a movie, make your gift list, and map out your plan for Black Friday. Keep yourself busy throughout the day, or lose yourself in a good book. My best advice is not to dwell on it too much. Allow yourself be sad and miss home for awhile, then move on and distract yourself!
This will be my second Thanksgiving away from family. My first was when I was studying abroad, and while that was really difficult because I had to go to school, this year should be easier because I have Matt with me.
Have you ever spent Thanksgiving away from home? What did you do? What are you plans this year?