Alone this Thanksgiving?

You are not alone. Some of us turn down invitations or just can’t go home for Thanksgiving. Don’t fret. There are so many options for you to celebrate!

1) Join a friend

Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to get together, spend time together, and share a meal together.

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For those of you who are already hosting a dinner, invite your friends who may not have a family to go home to.

For those of you are alone on Thanksgiving, reach out to your friends about their plans. You would be surprised how open they will be about the idea of you joining them.

2) Host your own!

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be gathered around the family table. It also doesn’t have to be a huge banquet. Gather all your friends and acquaintances together to do a dinner potluck style or go out to an open restaurant. It can be a traditional Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie) or any other type of dinner.

Need help planning? Try our ArcZap groups for getting everyone together online first.

A great way to eat together and cook together is by doing a hot pot.

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Buy a special pot that can boil soup on the dinner table or just do it on the stove! Divvy up all sorts of ingredients among your guests.

  • enoki mushrooms
  • vermicelli noodles
  • udon noodles
  • napa cabbage
  • assorted sliced meat
  • tofu
  • lotus root
  • shrimp
  • eggs

The list is endless! Just cook everything in batches and eat as you go. The experience is like nothing else.


3) Volunteer

What better way to feel thankful for what you have than by donating your time.

  • Host a family for dinner
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen

Here are some websites to find organizations that are looking for volunteers:

Remember that those in need are around all year long. To really make a difference, think about volunteering a few times a year, especially on non-holidays.


4) Take care of yourself


Just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean this is the only time to celebrate. We celebrate friendship and family every day of the year (or we should be).

Sometimes life gets in the way and reuniting with loved ones isn’t possible for the day. Take the time to relax, do what you love, and catch up with that book you are writing or that project you are close to finishing. You can always celebrate the next time you see your friends or family.

No matter what you are up to this Thanksgiving. Enjoy it. Life is too short to worry or sulk. Use this time to reach out to your friends and family to tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life. That is what Thanksgiving is really about.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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