7 Ideas for the Ultimate Family Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it's time to start planning your day! Do you have any special traditions like cooking the meal together or watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning? With your traditions and these eight things, you can have the greatest Thanksgiving yet!

1. Turkey

It's just not Thanksgiving without the turkey! Make sure you buy your turkey in advance and be sure to thaw it days before so that it'll be ready. And don't burn it! You don't want to deal with any Thanksgiving disasters like you see in movies.

2. Help from the kids 

Get your kids involved with cooking on Thanksgiving. With the main course and all the side dishes and desserts, you'll welcome the help and your kids will love cooking with you! Check out some fun and easy Thanksgiving recipes to share with them.
3. Football 
Football is a staple of Thanksgiving Day entertainment. NFL games are on all day long on Thursday. Gather around the TV and cheer on your favorite team.

4. Healthy side dishes 

With all the food you'll be eating this holiday, it's important to throw in some healthy options. You'll find endless recipes for healthy side dishes and appetizers. Look for some with your favorite ingredients and get the kids to help make them!

5. Shopping 

Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) kicks off the holiday shopping season. Prepare for your trip out by checking the ads online so you'll know exactly what to look for and which stores have the best sales. Or, if you live in a rural area or you're spending the holiday away from home, start your shopping online, wherever you may be.

6. Desserts 

After your big Thanksgiving dinner, you might want a break from food – but no big meal is complete without desserts! Make a variety of tiny desserts so everyone can sample a few delicious dishes without getting too stuffed. And don't forget the pumpkin pie and other yummy pumpkin dishes!

7. Fun activities for your kids 

Without things planned to do, your kids may get bored. Pick out some movies to watch or board games to play as a family after all the cooking and eating is done. If your kids aren't helping cook, let them play video games or watch fun Thanksgiving movies. Keep everyone happy with some fun activities between cooking and eating.

Skylar Michelle James is a woman who loves technology. Currently Skylar is a graduate student in the Boston Massachusetts area. She is writing her thesis on the Internet Philosophy. When she is not studying she is freelance writing about family, event planning, current trends and technology. Please connect with her via twitter @SkyJamesWriter or email.