Easy Thanksgiving Planning Guide

Today, I want to share an easy Thanksgiving Planning Guide complete with a countdown checklist and printable!

Several weeks ago, we started trying to coordinate our holiday plans.  I still can’t believe it’s even time to start thinking about Christmas and Thanksgiving after this wild year!

Can you?

For us, the holidays usually run from Thanksgiving to New Years with lots of parties, birthday celebrations, events, and driving long distances thrown in the mix. 

Over the years, we’ve learned to plan as much as possible in advance and to give each other lots of grace. 

Keeping those two factors at the forefront of our holiday festivities has helped us to be more intentional about the time we’re able to spend together – and that’s made all the difference.

Thanksgiving Planning Checklist Ideas 

I know so many of you are working long hours and have a lot on your plates right now. So, I thought I would share our family’s Thanksgiving Planning Checklist with you. 

It’s an easy way to keep track of what you may need to schedule, pack, plan, or bring for the upcoming holiday. 

We usually print it out on card stock so we can work on it as time allows.  Having a visual reminder always helps!

Thanksgiving Activity Ideas 

It’s definitely going to feel like a completely different kind of celebration this year but I’m hoping we can still find time to make special memories. 

If you’re just starting this process here are some things to consider….

  • Share a Special Meal Together
  •  Make Snickerdoodles and your other favorite cookies
  • Create and mail Christmas cards
  • Go on a hayride
  • Bob for apples
  • Smores at the firepit
  • Hike a new trail
  • Shop for Christmas presents 
  • Make a Gingerbread House
  • Watch/Play football in the back yard
  • Volunteer at the soup kitchen
  • Attend a tree lighting ceremony
  • Decorate the Christmas tree
  • Make Christmas ornaments
  • Take family pictures
  • Sparklers and cider at the farm
  • Host a Chili Cookoff

I hope this easy Thanksgiving planning guide and countdown lists have helped! 

This time of year can be really hectic, we totally get it.  Let us know if we’ve forgotten to add some of your family’s favorite holiday activities to the list so we can keep it updated.

We don’t want to miss out on anything fun! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Many blessings,


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  1. Hey CoCo – Lord knows that our schedules are so busy we just discussed Thanksgiving last night! And we were shocked at our discoveries!! Planning and communication are definitely key to a successful holiday season. Your checklist is beautiful and so very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

    1. We’ve sent it out to our friends and family members that travel so I thought it may help you guys too. Every little bit of organization help makes a difference, right? I’m looking forward to the candy bag ha ha. Hugs, Coco

  2. Such great ideas! And what a lovely printable. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

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