A Thanksgiving Alone

The last Thanksgiving I ever had with my Grandmother

Whether by choice or not, spending the holidays, in particular Thanksgiving, alone is not an uncommon for many Americans.

Be it work, a personal tragedy, finances, limited social contacts, or maybe you just can’t stand your uncle’s ill behaved dog- spending Thanksgiving alone can be due to many reasons.

While the topic of spending the holidays alone is often avoided and the idea itself is even considered depressing, it is a common occurrence in the modern age.

…this approach can be beneficial to some but it robs the person spending the holidays alone of their personal power.

There are several articles on the topic, mainly by the Huffington Post, which all approach the concept of spending Thanksgiving alone like a self help guide to preventing self pity.  Needless to say, this approach can be beneficial to some but it robs the person spending the holidays alone of their personal power.

Many of us do not consider spending time with ourselves something to be sad about.  In fact, with a little bit of planning, spending Thanksgiving alone can be one of the most fulfilling or even adventurous times of the year.

First, plan, plan, and plan some more.

As someone that has spent a few years alone for the holidays, in some blistering cold boulderfield somewhere, I have gathered a few ideas which could turn your holiday blues around.

First, plan, plan, and plan some more.  If you know you will be spending the holidays alone, take the time to plan for the event.  While your at it, make reservations at an inn or bed and breakfast which servers a special Thanksgiving feast for their guests.  The Red Coach Inn, mentioned in the article above, sounds particularly delightful. Imagine only being a 5 minute walk from Niagara Falls! Hello Instagram!

Horseshoe Falls at sunrise
Horseshoe Falls at sunrise

This would be considered the expensive approach but have no fear, with a little research, you will find that many local businesses, restaurants, churches and community centers will be offering a Thanksgiving meal to share with their community.

Trail Maintenance, Red River Gorge, KY
Trail Maintenance, Red River Gorge, KY

Feeling a little generous?  Spend the day volunteering in your community.  Just be sure to call the organization to let them know you are coming.  Many organizations, especially those that focus on children or special needs, require a background check or  an application. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and learn about where you live.

If volunteering is not your style, there are plenty of Thanksgiving day running events all over the United States. You may not have the opportunity to chat over your mouth breathing but nothing will make you feel as good as exercise. Maybe the best part of this plan is that you will get a free tee shirt and free tee shirts are kick ass.  Not to mention that many Thanksgiving day running events are for charity, not just fun.

Many of us will save the running for the New Year, so an alternative to this could be to throw you own dinner party or potluck! Need ideas for what to cook? Check out my Pinterest board Bougie Foodings:

I will be posting more Thanksgiving specific recipes over the next week or so.

There are a few of us, regardless of our options, who will want to stay in and perhaps spend the day doing exactly 44614_1422981371895_4740584_nwhat they want to do- for me that would include drooling over this handbag and of course, taking a bath.

Finally, my dear reader, you may not be alone this Thanksgiving but you may have a friend or family member that is and the only means to determine if this is the case is to ask.  Check in on your friends and if there is an extra seat at your table or your parents, extend an invention (after asking the host, of course).

Happy Thanksgiving!

I will be taking next week off readers- but I will be back the first week of December with the ins and outs of creative gift giving.





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