How to Have a Happy Thanksgiving Alone
Maybe you're spending Turkey Day alone because airfare is too pricey, you have to stay put for work, or for no reason at all! You don't need a reason to fly solo this holiday, but you should plan ahead to make sure you feel thankful. The holiday season can be tricky if your family isn't a perfect Normal Rockwell painting, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself!
5 Ways to Enjoy Thanksgiving Alone
Lots of people spend their Thanksgiving at soup kitchens and shelters paying it forward. Because this is a popular option, try to sign up a few days--or weeks--in advance! Sites like Eventbrite and Volunteer Match make it easy to find an opportunity for you, and a quick Google search will also generate pages of results in your area.
2. Run a Turkey Trot
Nothing like a brisk autumn morning jog to get your day started right. Find a trot in your area to give yourself a surge of endorphins. Most races offer 10K, 5K, and fun run options for every fitness level! Plus they're often put on by schools, churches, or non-profits, ensuring any registration fees you pay contribute to the greater good. If you're not a runner, you can still get a workout in! Plenty of gyms and smaller fitness studios offer Thanksgiving day classes and special hours.
3. Watch Thanksgiving Themed Episodes of Your Favorite Shows
If you can't be with loved ones this year, you can still enjoy classic holiday antics through the screen! You probably already have some old faves in mind, but in case you're looking for some inspiration (and these are all streamable, you're welcome!):
- Friends: The One With The Football" (S3, E9) Netflix
- How I Met Your Mother: "Slapsgiving" (S3, E9) Hulu
- Master of None: "Thanksgiving" (S2, E8) Netflix
- Cheers: "Thanksgiving Orphans" (S5, E9) Netflix
- Fresh Off the Boat: "Huangsgiving" (S2, E8) Hulu
- Gilmore Girls: "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving" (S3, E9) Netflix
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine: "Thanksgiving" (S1, E10) Hulu
4. Try a New Recipe
Maybe your aunt never makes the sweet potato casserole just the way you like it, or maybe you're feeling adventurous! Use today to find a recipe you're really excited about and make it for yourself. Try out an intricate dessert you'd normally not have time for or an experimental stir fry that just sounds intriguing. If you're not big into the culinary arts, or you just want to make a quick bite, check out this video recipe for baked brie bites!
5. Take Time for Self-Care
Check in with yourself! Make sure you're being gentle with yourself today, whether you're flying solo by choice or by circumstance. Do something for yourself that you 1) love and 2) normally wouldn't make time for. This can look like a million different things, depending on what makes you feel good! You could take a bath, do a face mask, work on a puzzle, paint, write, nap...or all of those! After all, today is your day, you don't have to spend it pretending to be interested in football if you don't want to. Or if football's your thing, you can watch every minute of gameplay without being pulled away.
However you choose to spend your day, one thing's for sure: Make sure you take a moment to reflect on the things you're thankful for and take care of yourself. Eat good food, get in touch with loved ones, and don't compare yourself or your plans to others!