10 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving break might be the best time of the year: it marks the start of the holiday season, allows you to spend quality time with your family, and we finally get the meal we’ve waited 364 days to eat. As glorious as it is to spend a solid 12 hours stuffing our faces plus another 12 hours savoring post-Thanksgiving leftovers, it can also be hard to figure out how to get the most out of the extended weekend. In order to help you make the most of your upcoming Thanksgiving break, we’ve got ten suggestions to help you achieve maximum feasting/sleeping/happiness:

  1. Get your work done BEFORE you get home. Okay, so this is a pre-break task, but it’s still worth taking note of. This is one weekend not made for playing catch-up with your homework. If you know you have a paper due the day after the break, knock it out now. Don’t let your weekend be bogged down by looming assignments. You’ll thank yourself later when you can settle into your food coma in peace.
  2. Take summer clothes home so you can bring winter clothes back. For some of you, Thanksgiving break is the first time you’ve been home since you left for school in August. So gather up those high-waisted shorts, sun dresses, and gladiator sandals to make room for cowl-neck sweaters, fleece leggings, and fuzzy socks. It will make packing for winter break way easier too!
  3. Organize your planner. With only a few weeks left in the semester, it can be hard to keep up with all the final papers/projects/presentations that we have left to finish (*have yet to start). Before you head back to school, take a couple of minutes to look at your schedule and prepare for what’s ahead. If you need help sorting through it all, check out these helpful tips on organizing your planner.
  4. Contribute to the feast. Okay, so maybe you’re not the next master chef, but that doesn’t mean you can’t contribute to the Thanksgiving meal. Offer to make a signature drink or to bake an extra dessert. Your family members will be grateful that you’re helping and you’ll feel more a part of the holiday festivities.
  5. Put your phone away. Thanksgiving is about being grateful for the wonderful people you have in your life, not for the number of likes your get on your Instagram. Send a quick “Happy Thanksgiving!” text to your best friends, then power down the iPhone. Your Twitter feed will automatically refresh on Monday.
  6. Watch a movie with your family. Since you only have a few days to be home, it’s important to set aside quality time with your family. Slip a movie into the DVD player (we recommend Planes, Trains, and Automobiles… such a classic), pop some corn, and settle in for a night of family fun. Your mom will be soooo happy about it.
  7. Wear an adorable outfit for dinner. This should pretty much be a no-brainer. If you need help deciding on what to wear for maximum feasting, check out these Lala-patented looks.
  8. Talk to THAT family member. Whether it’s Grandpa Joe who lives in Florida or Aunt Sally who sends you emails you never answer, we all have that family member that we rarely see or talk to, but who we love anyway. If you have the pleasure of seeing your extended family over the holidays, spend some time updating them on what’s going on in your fabulous life. They will definitely appreciate it and you’ll be grateful you reached out.
  9. Hang out with a friend you rarely get to see. Our lives are insanely busy, so it can sometimes be hard to find time to visit friends who go to school in other states. If you have unscheduled free time, reach out to an old high school girlfriend for lunch or a drink at your hometown bar. Reconnecting will make your break all the more special.
  10. Actually think about what you’re grateful for. It’s easy to think of a quick example when your mom asks you at the dinner table, but have you actually sat down and thought about all the wonderful people and opportunities you have in your life? If not, spend just a minute or two reflecting on what you’re truly grateful for. It’s what Thanksgiving is about, after all!

Do you have other suggestions? Leave them in the comments section below! Happy turkey eating!

Mackenzie Hickey

Contributor, The College of New Jersey Major: English, Writing & Publishing Her heart belongs to: Ray Ban sunglasses, J. Crew sales, Ditch Plains Beach, and her black lab Harley Her guilty pleasures: Boy Meets World, Disney's Magic Kingdom, and buying (hoarding) pretty journals

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