Survival Tips: Thanksgiving Family Gatherings
This Thanksgiving, families across the country will gather around a Thanksgiving meal. Wherever you find yourself this upcoming holiday, these six tips should help you enjoy your Thanksgiving.
1. Prepare conversation. Did you know Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official holiday in 1863? Neither will your great-uncle—until you tell him. By the way, that’s just over 200 years after the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621. Turkey is consumed because the Native Americans showed the pilgrims how to eat turkey, among other native foods, likely saving those early, starving settlers. Enrich table conversation with some historical context.
2. Record the event for posterity. For better or worse, most families don’t all get together too often. Arrange a family photo at each Thanksgiving and keep a record of them. Looking back through old Thanksgiving photos can be a fun activity for family members before the meal is served.
3. Protect your gear. If you’re the cameraman, pack up your gear as soon as the photos have been taken to avoid any Thanksgiving catastrophes. Trust us. Nothing sours a good meal like a broken lens. The Pelican 1510SC and 1560 Studio Cases are a photographer’s best friend.
4. Prevent house fires. This one is really important. Holidays are some of the busiest days of the year for firefighters and other emergency personnel. Be sure to exercise ample caution in the kitchen this Thanksgiving to prevent house fires.
5. Give thanks. Thanksgiving is a time to take account of all the opportunities and happiness you have in your life. Take a moment this Thursday to recognize these however you see fit.
6. Dig in. For this one day of the year, put your calorie calculator aside and really dig in. There’s no better way to bond with family than to sit side-by-side and feast.
What are your tips for ultimate Thanksgiving enjoyment?