5 Things to do this Thanksgiving Break

Jordy Peterson, Reporter

We all look forward to that perfect week near the end of November- Thanksgiving Break. Gone are the early mornings of waking up before the crack of dawn, gone are the loads of homework that result in all-nighters. It’s just a whole week of relaxation, family bonding and sneaking peeks at the turkey in the oven. Here are five things to do this coming Thanksgiving Break.

  1. Slip into the inevitable food coma.

You’ve managed to waddle to the couch in time before your waistline snaps, but suddenly your eyes feel droopy and you just can’t stay awake much longer. What’s happening? Did you accidentally overdose on mashed potatoes? Probably. This my friend, is the food coma. After about three servings of food, it is impossible to fully comprehend the embarrassing stories that are being retold by the extended family. An hour nap on the sofa will restore your energy for the rest of the night, just in time for a slice of Grandma’s famous pumpkin pie.

  1. Family Bonding Time

If all of your friends are spending the week skiing in the Swiss Alps or snorkeling in Barbados, you can take this time to catch up with your family. If discussing politics with your great uncle Rufus is terribly unbearable, help your aunt make green bean casserole in the kitchen. It may feel boring and mundane, but someday, you will look back on those memories and be grateful for your relatives- no matter how wild they are.

  1. Black Friday Shop

You don’t have to hit the mall at 2:00 a.m. in order to find great deals. Get ahead on all of your holiday shopping a month early to avoid outraged customers and frantic trips to the store. This relaxed week is perfect for grabbing a quick brunch and browsing between the the clearance racks of Kohl’s with family members.

  1. Football Thursday

After hours of cooking and feasting, it’s okay to veg on the sofa and catch up on the NFL games. There will be plenty of leftovers to munch on as the Cowboys score touchdowns, so there is no need to make more snacks. In New York City, Macy’s Parade will be live broadcasted from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The parade is a three hour event celebrating the large department store’s 158th anniversary with spectacular floats and pageants. If you just so happen to despise football or find parades unexciting, there are a plethora of shows and movies on Netflix you can enjoy with your relatives.

  1. Kickball

While waiting for the piping hot rolls to cool, challenge your cousins to a friendly game of backyard kickball. Your stomach will be growling by the time you finish pelting your siblings with the rubber ball; just in time to eat. If you end up winning, you’ll earn bragging rights for the rest of the week.