This year has flown by and we're already nearing the end of November. You're year has kept you busy with work, kids, education, side gigs, or dozens of other activities. If you're like me, then you need a break. Thankfully, we have a holiday sneaking up to give us a little relief from our busy lives. And Thanksgiving is the perfect day to take some time to think about how thankful we are for our significant others. Let's skip the long lines this Black Friday and add a little thankfulness to our relationships with this "What Are You Thankful For?" date night.
"What Are You Thankful For?" Date Night
Here are some date night activities to enjoy on your day off after Thanksgiving.
Master Chef: Leftover Edition
You will probably have a lot of food left over from Thanksgiving. If so, then use this date night to get rid of some of those leftovers in a creative way. Split up the main course, the first side, the second side, and dessert between the two of you. Don't try to coordinate or share what you are making. You will have 10 minutes to take inventory of all of your leftovers and come up with what you are making. Make a plan for what time you'd like to eat and then get cooking! Try being as creative as you can with the leftovers - you don't want Thanksgiving all over again.
Memories & Thanks Jar
While you're eating, cut a piece of paper up into several strips - enough where you have at least five strips each. Spend the first half of dinner thinking about five ways you are truly thankful for each other and write them down on each strip of paper. Everyone wants to be appreciated, so take some time sharing with each other.
Now find a jar to put those strips of paper in and label it the Memories and Thanks Jar. For the next year, you should each write one thing you are thankful for and put it in the jar every day. And anytime you experience something fun or unique, write that memory down and put it in the jar. It doesn't matter how big or small the memory is. You will appreciate being reminded of it next Thanksgiving. And now'll you'll have a lot to really be thankful for next year.
Wine & Fire
Grab a nice bottle of wine and light up a fire outside. Snuggle up in warm clothes and enjoy one of the last nights we will have before the weather gets too cold. If you live in an apartment, try using this link to enjoy a fire inside :) Use this time to talk about how you'd like to grow closer together over the holiday season coming up. And if dessert wasn't enough, you could always grab some skewers, marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers for some s'mores. Later, you could use those skewers to make some fall caramel apples on the stove top together.
Fort & Game
Grab couch cushions, chairs, blankets, sheets, tables, and anything else you can think of to create a massive fort in your living room. No electronics are allowed in this fort. Use candles or a flashlight to light up the inside and grab a board game to play together. I'd suggest playing a board game where you are both on the same team with the goal of beating the game - like Pandemic or Forbidden Island. It's always more fun to play on the same team together :)