Giving presents to say you’re thankful for those around you that you love and care for can be fun and exciting, unless you’re planning on clambering through aisles with thousands of other shoppers who decided 4am was the perfect time to buy Mom that new Kindle and little Joey the newest Xbox game. While I’ve braved the unforgiving alarm clock and cold on Black Friday on two occasions; once when I was I was too young to go without supervision and the other when I purchased a home and the Dyson pet vacuum was dirt cheap (see what I did there?). But it’s certainly not what I look forward to most. I mostly look forward to the post-Thanksgiving fuzzy jammies and sweatshirt, fireplace roaring, movie-marathon watching, left-over eating euphoria that can only exist the day after the most delicious holiday.
Are you wondering what to do with your post-Thanksgiving time-off too? Look no further. Here are a few ideas to get you excited about Black Friday without the crowds to bother you.
- Have a TV Marathon – Have Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime? Scroll through the options and watch the whole season of Sleepy Hollow, Gotham or How to Train Your Dragon 2.
- Go to the Spa – You’ve been dreaming of a massage to get that knot out of your back and while you’re at it, it wouldn’t hurt to get a pedicure even though your tootsies have been confined to 3inch thick winter socks and hefty boots.
- Volunteer at an Animal Shelter – who doesn’t love to cuddle with a fluffy kitty or play with an adorable tail-wagging doggy? Check out the local shelters in your area to volunteer or even offer to drop off some litter, toys or sheets.
- Pinterest Party – Get crafty and (finally) go through your “One-day DIY” board and try your hand at lip scrub, knitting a scarf, making a holiday wreath or create a stellar art piece with your left over wine corks.
- Take the kids to a museum – think Science museum, Art, Music, or even if your area has a Kids Museum. You’ll forgo most of the crowds and the munchkins can waste some energy as you stand back and snap some candid photos.
- Bake cookies – If you start early and freeze them you’ll have plenty for your guests and friends who stop by over the next few months – just take out when ready to thaw and voila, cookies for everyone!
- Read abook – You know which one. The one you’ve been telling yourself, “when I have time I’ll sit down and read it”. Well, now’s your chance. With an empty day ahead make yourself some tea, grab your blanket and curl up with your favorite book.
- Clean out your closets – While not the most exciting of these ideas but certainly a rewarding one when you are able to take your gently worn items and donate them to those in need.
- Write out your holiday cards – When else will you have this uninhibited time to look through your contact list and address each envelope?
- Put up your holiday decorations – After you’ve scarfed down your left-over lunch, the boxes are down from the attic, and the holiday music fills the air you can’t help but get in the mood. The outdoor lights? Eh, maybe tomorrow ha-ha.