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Making the Most of the Thanksgiving Break

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Thanksgiving is coming up soon, and for many of us that means a long weekend. Perhaps you’ll be off early on Wednesday and won’t have to be back until Monday. Thursday is accounted for, what with Thanksgiving dinner and all, but what about the rest of the weekend? Today the Brook Arbor Blog has ideas about how to fill in the time, whether you stay at your apartment here in Cary, North Carolina, or you’re out of town. Use one of these suggestions or modify them to meet your needs.



Did you know that the week of Thanksgiving is National Games and Puzzles Week? According to an article from Schoolyard, “The most important thing to keep in mind is that these games should require more than one person to play. This week is about gathering together and collaborating in games.” So pull out those old favorites or try something new, just spend some time together playing games.


Go on a gratitude scavenger hunt.

This is a fun, creative idea for making expressing thanks a priority. When the day has settled down (or while you’re waiting for dinner to be ready), have your fellow diners make a list of things they’re grateful for or things that make them happy that you all can go out and find. Take photos of your results so you can come back and have something to show and talk about as you share.


Watch a Thanksgiving-themed movie.

Make the most of this holiday by watching a movie you might only typically watch this time of year. Some people have a tradition to see a new movie on Thanksgiving. Check out what’s coming soon to theaters so you can buy your tickets now. Or you can stay inside and watch your favorite Thanksgiving-themed movie or a movie set during this time of year. We love A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Rocky, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Planes, Trains & Automobiles.


Prepping for the Holidays.

Thanksgiving is traditionally the beginning of the holiday season, and it’s a good time to decorate — or at least take inventory of your decorations and repair or replace broken or worn items. This Holiday Decoration Checklist from Real Simple may be helpful. Make yourself a gift-wrapping kit, prepare the advent calendar, and plan your calendar for the next month.


Black Friday Shopping.

Black Friday shopping is a must do for lots of Americans. Before you head out to find the absolute best deals, take a look at this advice from Consumer Reports: Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips.


There you go, five ideas to fill the long Thanksgiving break — of course you could always opt to simply relax and hang out at your Brook Arbor apartment. Whatever you do, we want to wish everyone in our community a happy Thanksgiving.