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Thanksgiving Traditions

Park Station Blog, Gaithersburg, MD  Thanksgiving, quality family time, and traditions are coming up. Today we take a look at creating some new traditions.

“Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go” may be the lyrics to a children’s song, but the idea of going home for the holidays remains an important part of our lives. Sometimes, though, we can’t go home. If you will be staying in Gaithersburg, MD, at your Park Station apartment for Thanksgiving, why not start some new traditions? We’ve got some ideas to get the wheels turning in today’s blog post.


Giving Thanks

Provide stationery or card-making supplies for your guests. While everyone is waiting for the turkey to finish roasting, they can create a card or write a letter to someone letting them know how they’ve been a positive influence.


Create a Thankfulness Tree. Place a small branch in a vase and weigh it down with marbles, pebbles, etc. Prepare construction paper or cardstock leaves for each guest. Invite guests to write down something they are thankful for on the leaf. Punch a hole in each leaf and thread with ribbon, ready to hang on your tree. Here’s an example of a Thankfulness Tree, complete with directions to make your own.


Fun and Games

Plan to do a jigsaw puzzle together as a family over the Thanksgiving weekend. Set it up on a card table so people can pop in and work on it. (Provide puzzles for the younger crowd, too.)  Puzzle Warehouse has a nice selection of Thanksgiving-themed puzzles you may want to consider.


Spend time playing board games. It’s a great way to keep the kids busy while dinner is being prepared, or it will help you stay awake after dinner!


Football and Crafting

Football isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so plan alternate activities for those who aren’t into the game. Crafting can be an activity that can be scaled up or down to fit whoever wants to participate. We found this list of 25 Things to Do During Thanksgiving Football Games to give you more ideas, too.


Whatever you do for Thanksgiving, whether you head home or stay in town, we want to wish everyone in our apartment community a Happy Thanksgiving!