We have a lot to be thankful for at The Woodlands at Furman! This year, we’re preparing turkey, pumpkin pie, and all the trimmings to celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving. As our new villas construction is ramping up, we’ve also been coming up with new and innovative ways to enjoy the holiday beyond the big meal. Here are some ideas to help you share special moments with friends and family this Thanksgiving.

Pick the Perfect Thanksgiving Movie

After a holiday feast has left you ready for some time on the couch, what’s next? A classic Thanksgiving movie could be the perfect digestif. For plenty of laughs and a heartwarming ending, watch neighbors bicker and battle through the holidays in Grumpy Old Men. Perhaps you’ll recognize some of your own hilarious family dysfunction in the Thanksgiving comedy Home for the Holidays. You can also chuckle along with your loved ones as Steve Martin and John Candy try to make it home for Thanksgiving in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Though A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving debuted in 1973, the beloved tale is still a classic and highlights the value of friendship no matter your age.

Create Holiday Crafts

You’ve probably made a few handprint turkeys in your time, but this year you can take Thanksgiving art to the next level! Spend an afternoon creating some amazing decorations with the special people in your life, from adult children to grandkids. Make sure your mobile phones are off, and spend some quality time bonding as you craft autumnal decorations from items you find in nature. Head out onto Furman University’s campus to pick up a variety of vibrant red, orange, and yellow leaves to create a collage or a beautiful bouquet. While you’re out there, gather small, dry sticks to wrap around candles for a festive upgrade, or gather larger branches to weave into holiday wreaths. Let your imagination roam free as you enjoy the time together.

Watch a Parade in Your Pajamas

What could be more traditional than watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Gather around the TV at 9 am EST to see the start of the festivities in New York City. This year’s performers include music legend Diana Ross, who will stand atop a float singing a tune from her recent Christmas album. Singer John Legend and country superstar Martina McBride are also performing in the 92nd annual celebration. Massive inflatable characters, marching bands, and a host of other performers will likewise be part of the famed procession through The Big Apple.

Catch a Holiday Event in Greenville

Get into the holiday spirit with one of the many seasonal activities in and around Greenville. On November 23rd, 24th, and 25th, The Peace Center hosts performances of The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville, a reimagining of the classic ballet by Tchaikovsky with some new, Disney-inspired twists. For holiday cheer from the comfort of your car, drive to the Greenville Pickens Speedway for the Upstate Holiday Light Show. The annual event runs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve and features nighttime skies filled with dazzling light displays. During the day, activities include ice skating, a petting zoo, and Santa Land. You can also take your grandkids to Denver Downs Farm for a holiday affair with bonfires, s’mores, hot chocolate, and a drive-in movie screening of The Polar Express.

Of course, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without taking some time to reflect on what makes you feel thankful. Enjoy the company of, and show appreciation for, cherished friends and family as you contemplate all the things you’re thankful to have and the people you’re thankful to know. Then indulge in a second serving of pumpkin pie!

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