Turkey, gravy, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, you name it. For many people, Thanksgiving is the best holiday strictly because of the gluttonous frenzy that causes the deepest of food comas for all ages. How many other times are encouraged to eat to the point where we think we can’t possibly have more, only to be followed by another heaping plate of grub?

We all love Thanksgiving, there’s no question about that. Just the atmosphere of the occasion provides for a positive aroma in all households. For this reason, we’ve come up with some of the best things you and your family and/or pals can do on this wonderful day that we are of course so thankful for.

  1. Watch football. From 12:30 PM through 11:30 PM there will seldom be moments where football isn’t on TV and that, my friends, is a blessing. Thanksgiving NFL football has been around since 1920 and while that isn’t as much of a tradition as the holiday of Thanksgiving itself, it is surely a respected one. Be sure to catch the Vikings vs. the Lions at 12:30, the Redskins vs. the Cowboys at 4:30, and the Steelers vs. the Colts at 8:30.
  2. Play board games. Every family has their own wealth of board games and specifically a favorite one. For me and my family this one has to be the game Catch Phrase. Believe me when I tell you this game is incredibly fun and the more people you have the better it is, making Thanksgiving the ideal holiday to play it on. If you don’t want to take my word for it check out this video of Jimmy Fallon, Sofia Vergara, and others playing. Whether Catch Phrase is your game or not, I highly recommend busting out one of those games you haven’t played in years.
  3. Go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade! We’ve all seen the spectacular on TV but it is an entirely different spectacle in person. If you’re lucky enough to know someone who works in a building on the parade route use them and their office to get an incredible view and escape the cold. For the rest of us who aren’t as fortunate fear not, after-all the parade was meant to be seen from street view.
  4. Watch a movie. We all take the time over Thanksgiving break to really lay back and rest up. What better way to spend that time laying back than with a great movie? In the world of Netflix and streaming, great movies are always at our fingertips and that is something many of us take for granted. Of course choosing a movie (especially with a room full of people who will also be watching) can be incredibly tough, here is a list of Rotten Tomatoes’ best movies of 2016.
  5. Eat until you can’t possibly eat more. As previously mentioned, the food is the holy grail of Thanksgiving. Even the lowest of cooks become world class chefs on this holiday and the possibilities are endless. Forget about that diet for one day and eat like you’ve never eaten before, you certainly won’t regret it.

Before closing this out, I have to mention the whole point of the holiday, which of course is being thankful. While this is typically a message that gets lost in the commercialism, parades, hashtags, etc. it is a message that is supposed to trump all others. If we can take the time out of our lives to actually reflect and be thankful for all the good, then maybe just for a day we can see an incredible amount of peace, care for others, and happiness, and that is exactly what the holiday is about. So enjoy it, live it up, and be sure to make this Thanksgiving the best one yet!