Today, I want to make planning for Thanksgiving really easy for you with a countdown checklist & free printable!
I know we haven’t even had Halloween yet and believe me, I’m not trying to rush you at all, but Thanksgiving will be here in exactly one month!
Several weeks ago, we started trying to coordinate our family’s holiday travel plans. How crazy is it that it’s even time to start thinking about the holidays, you guys! 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. Sometimes, the drive alone (think 4 cities in a 5-day period) is enough to steal your joy (just keeping it real here.)
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.
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 cardstock so we can work on it as time allows. Having a visual reminder always helps!
We’ll all be spending time at Loblolly Manor this year and my mom has some fun things planned for us already. If you’re just starting this process here are some things to consider….
- o Watch/Attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
- o Shop for Christmas presents
- o Make Snickerdoodles and your other favorite cookies
- o Make and mail Christmas cards
- o Go on a hay ride
- o Bob for apples
- o Smores at the firepit
- o Hike a new trail
- o Watch/Attend/Play football in the back yard
- o Volunteer at the soup kitchen
- o Attend a tree lighting ceremony
- o Decorate the Christmas tree
- o Make Christmas ornaments
- o Take family pictures
- o Sparklers and cider at the farm
- o Invite friends and family over for a chili cookoff
- o Attend a Holiday Tour of Homes
I hope these lists have helped! I know this time of year can be really hectic. Let me know if I’ve forgotten to add some of your family’s favorite holiday activities to the list so I can keep it updated. We don’t want to miss out on anything fun!
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ve been contemplating painting my wicker porch furniture black for a year now and I finally took the plunge! I’ll share my best spray painting tips and tricks with you. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.