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This year has been another one for the history books, and it may feel like it's taking forever for the holidays to get here. With the continuing challenges of the pandemic and seemingly endless cycle of depressing world news, we all could use a reason to celebrate. Well, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to remember that there are lots of things to be grateful for each and every day.
Whether those things are big or small, and whether they involve family or just a simple seasonal pleasure, there are definitely more than you realize—and they can give you a much-needed boost. Start with our suggestions, and then think about your own blessings to create a personalized gratitude list. For more inspiration, check out these your own get-together this year.and , and try incorporating these meaningful in
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During the holidays, family can be a lot of extra work and stress. But it's also the perfect time to remember just how much of a blessing they actually are. So even when they're annoying, try to focus on all the things you love about your beautiful, wacky, funny, a-little-bit-crazy-but-always-loving clan.
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3. A sense of humor
"Thank goodness we have a holiday set aside for being grateful—we'd sure hate to have to do that every day!" Jim Gaffigan's take on Thanksgiving will have you rolling, and there's more where that came from on YouTube's massive holiday-comedy library. You'll also want to share these funny Thanksgiving memes everyone will gobble up.
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4. Crunchy, colorful, fragrant piles of leaves
Is there anything that says "fall" more than the changing foliage? The vibrant colors, the satisfying crunch underfoot, and the woodsy smell combine to delight all your senses.
Whether it's the soulful eyes of your pup (begging for turkey) or the tiny pink nose of your kitty (also begging for turkey, but in a much more sophisticated way than Fido), Thanksgiving is the perfect time to shower a little extra love on the critters who love you the most. Don't miss these.
6. Crisp apples
Apples may be available in stores all year long, but there's something special about fall apples, with their fresh, crisp bite, and tangy sweet juice. No wonder so many favorite Thanksgiving recipes rely on apples!
7. That holiday helping spirit
The "holiday spirit" is a real thing, and we promise you—there's nothing that will make you more grateful for what you have than sharing some of it with someone who has less.
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These flavorful recipes will make the Tofurky roast truly tempting. If you or a Thanksgiving guest is vegan or vegetarian, then turkey just won't cut it. You'll want a tofurky roast on the table — either store-bought or homemade. And while you technically can just roast and serve it, there are numerous ways to dress up a standard tofurkey so it's far more festive and tasty. Check out the following best tofurky recipes: although they're all pretty easy, each has a delicious spin on the dish.
8. New pumpkin recipes
From sweet treats to savory soups and everything in between, pumpkins are a remarkably versatile veggie! By the way, here are a few things you'll want to know about. (For starters, it's just $5.99!)
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10. Pumpkin patches
Admit it: Whoever decided that walking through a muddy field to pick an oddly shaped squash would be fun (and also something people would pay a lot of money to do) was kind of a genius. And it is fun! Get in on the action by visiting thenear you.
This classic Thanksgiving totem and food doesn't get a lot of love the rest of the year, but the humble turkey is a tasty source of filling protein—not to mention high levels of tryptophan, the chemical known for making you feel relaxed and sleepy. Here's.
12. Tiny hand turkeys
These sweet paper cutouts will remind you how little and innocent children are, and may even remind you of your own days when the world was magical, Santa was real, and hands could be birds. If you're a parent, simplelike this will also keep the kids occupied on the big day—yet another thing to be grateful for!
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13. Your best friend
Friends are like family, but sometimes they're even better than family, especially when they're saving the day by bringing over a non-burnt turkey or smuggling you a much-needed drink. Make sure to tell your friend how grateful you are for their friendship and how much better your life is because you have them. Better yet, host athis year and do that in person.
14. Candy corn
Corn the vegetable is great and all, but candy corn is way tastier, especially when you mix it with peanuts for that classic salty-sweet Thanksgiving table decoration/kid appetizer.
15. Delicious warm drinks
Fall means cooler temps, which, of course, means steamy mugs of deliciousness. See you later, smoothies! It's time for pumpkin spice lattes, hot toddies, spiced ciders, mulled wines, and even hot chocolate bombs. Pro tip: Here's.
16. Marching bands
Band geeks (aka musical geniuses) have been training for the big Thanksgiving parade all year. Appreciate the pomp and artistry of a full band by watching a parade on TV or lining up to cheer for your local high school kids.
17. Children's gratitude lists
Ask an adult what they're thankful for and they'll say something sensible like "a warm house" or "family." Ask a kid and you never know what answer you'll get! For instance,will warm your heart.
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18. Early evenings
Summer nights, with their barbecues and night games, may get all the glory, but fall nights can be just as fun. Pop some popcorn, pull out aor , turn on a favorite movie, and enjoy the cozy feeling of being snuggled up together.
. Whether you're watching a game on TV or playing a little touch football at the park with friends, the sport has a way of bringing people together.
20. Scarves and mittens
Staying warm is a need, but nothing says you can't do it in style! Thanksgiving is the perfect time to debut your sleek gloves, warm scarves, cute hats, tall boots, and smart coats—and to be grateful for warm fingers and toes!
21. A cozy kitchen
For many people, spending a day puttering around the kitchen, chatting with family, and making favorite recipes is a wonderful way to enjoy Thanksgiving. What should you make this year? Try one (or more!) of these mouthwatering.
22. The first snow
For much of the country, the first dusting of snow comes around Thanksgiving, reminding you that winter is right around the corner. That first chill and snowfall hints at sledding, snowmen, hot chocolate, and holiday parties.
23. Holiday songs
Whether or not to listen tobefore Thanksgiving is a very contentious topic, but once Thanksgiving hits, feel free to play all your favorite tunes! Did you know that ?
24. Peace and safety
The world is a tumultuous place right now, full of nightmare scenarios. But if you're reading this, you're likely in a place of relative safety and peace. Be grateful, and do your part to help make the world a better place in the coming year.
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26. Electricity and plumbing
Remembering what our ancestors had to endure just to stay alive is apt to make anyone grateful for modern conveniences. Just try to imagine what life would be like without tap water, indoor toilets, and the Internet.
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28. Your health
If ever there was a time to be grateful for your health, it is now. If you've been lucky enough to avoid contracting COVID-19, you've been lucky enough.
29. Advice columns
Thanksgiving can be a depressing time, especially if your life isn't going quite the way you'd hoped. Reading about other people's problems in an advice column just might make you more grateful for your own situation.
30. Smiles from a stranger
A smile from a stranger is a small thing, but it can change the trajectory of your entire day. Someone noticed you. Someone liked you enough to smile at you. It's pretty amazing if you think about it.
31. Baby giggles
Thanksgiving is a time for families, and while having so many different personalities in one place can be challenging, there's always an upside: the laughter of babies and toddlers. It's genuine, comes straight from the gut, and happens at the best times (like when Grandpa accidentally belches). Kids will also love these—and so will the whole family!
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Whether your mother is in the next room, the next town, the next country, or the next life, Thanksgiving traditions can be powerful reminders of the good times you shared together and how very much she loves you, no matter how far away.
Don't forget your papa! From organizing the neighborhood football game to re-raking the leaf pile for you to jump in over and over, dads hold a special place on Thanksgiving, too.
35. Corn mazes
Get your exercise before the big meal by walking (and getting lost) in one of these clever life-size mazes. Or take it next-level and do a spooky incarnation. Thein America will provide the ultimate challenge.
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Bring the spicy, earthy smell of fall indoors with an easy stove-top potpourri recipe: Put orange peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla, and nutmeg in a small pot. Cover with water and heat on low, adding water as necessary. You'll enjoy the simple fragrance all day.
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40. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
This year will be the 95th, making it a holiday tradition that stretches back for generations. If you can't attend live, you can still watch it, from the comfort of your own home on TV or the Internet—no crowds required.
41. Pumpkin spice everything
Pumpkin spice lattes are just the beginning of the fun you can have with this spice blend of allspice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Pumpkin spice is everywhere—from cereal to doughnuts to ravioli, as well as body wash, hand soap, candles, and air fresheners.
42. Nature walks in the forest
Nature is quite the artist, and there's no better way to admire her handiwork than by watching the colors change on the trees. A nature walk or drive to see the beautiful changingis the perfect complement to a Thanksgiving dinner.
43. Black Friday
If shopping were a sport, it might overtake football as the premier Thanksgiving event, thanks toand Cyber Monday deals. The craziest shopping day of the year isn't for everyone, though, so feel free to enjoy the sales from the comfort of your computer screen.
44. FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom
Technology brings us so many gifts, but perhaps none are as meaningful as the ability to see our loved ones even when they can't physically be with us. Thankfully, we have FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, and other apps to bring in far-off (and, this year, COVID-conscious) grandparents, cousins, children, and friends. Make sure your online and in-person gatherings are as pleasant as possible by.
45. Lip balm
Cold, dry weather means dry, cracked lips and skin.and lotion can be lifesavers this time of year. A small thing to be grateful for, perhaps, but an important one.
46. The roof over your head
Shelter is one of humankind's most primary needs, but it's so basic that unless you don't have it, you may forget to be grateful for it. This year, take a look upward and be grateful for the roof that offers you warmth and protection—and find a way to make sure everyone who needs one finds a roof, too.
47. Streaming television
Whether you're in the kitchen, on the couch, or doing chores around the house, Thanksgiving is the perfect day to binge-watch a favorite show or get caught up on shows you might have missed. The whole family can enjoy these Thanksgiving movies, too.
48. Emergency service personnel
You know who never gets a day off, even on Thanksgiving? Firefighters, first responders, EMTs, doctors, nurses, and many other emergency service workers. Show them your gratitude for their service 365 days a year by dropping off a little treat or making a donation to their local cause.
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50. Slipper socks
Slipper socks will keep your toes toasty through all the holiday festivities. They come in all kinds of styles, fun patterns, and soft fabrics. Plus, they're the perfect cover-up for imperfect toenails. Same goes for a pair of theand .
51. Cell phones
Ponder for just a second what a miracle it is to have a device that is a phone, a TV, a radio, a camera, and holds all of the information of the modern world—and it fits in your pocket! How else would we capture all those precious Thanksgiving moments?
52. Freedom of speech
The historical roots of Thanksgiving often get lost in the food and fun, but at its core, the holiday is all about the founding of our country. One of the benefits of being American: freedom of speech.
53. Fresh air to breathe
Between the coronavirus pandemic, massive wildfires, raging storms, and air pollution, our lungs are under constant assault. Every breath in—particularly when you can see blue skies—is something to be thankful for.
54. Whipped cream
This classic pie topping is a must-have at Thanksgiving. Whoever figured out how to whip cream long enough to be fluffy (but not so long that it turns into butter) was a genius.
55. Frosted windows
As the days get colder, you will see some of nature's most beautiful artwork decorate your window. Snowflakes and ice glitter brighter than any diamonds. These actual Thanksgiving decorations will also make you smile.
56. Pizza and Pad Thai
Not everyone likes turkey and potatoes. Thankfully, these days you have plenty of options for your feast. Get creative, go gourmet, or just simplify. FYI, these.
57. Black olives
What's a Thanksgiving meal without a bowl of olives for kids (and adults!) to put on their fingertips? It's a tasty, albeit less than sanitary, appetizer.
Counting your blessings requires you to also look at all the challenges you've faced lately—and how the two are connected. There is no triumph without defeat, no joy without pain.
59. Vaccines and the scientists who invented them
Thanks to the COVID-19 vaccines, many people are able to enjoy a holiday meal with their loved ones again. But don't forget all the other vaccines that keep us safe and healthy.
60. Streaming playlists
Classical background music during dinner? Bon Jovi while playing football? Any type of music you could ever want is available at a touch, and better yet, the chances are high that someone has already made you the perfect playlist. That includes these Thanksgiving songs that help create the perfect ambiance.
That's right—we just told you to be thankful for being thankful. Making your own Thankful-on-Thanksgiving list can ward off depression, lower blood pressure, ameliorate anxiety, and even increase life span. You're welcome! Now that you have the ultimate list of things to be grateful for, check out these fun pieces offor the perfect Turkey Day conversation starters.
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