The holidays can be difficult when you’re on the road and away from friends and family, especially when COVID-19 transmission and restrictions are still a concern. Nevertheless, Thanksgiving can still be fun and memorable, even! Make the day meaningful by establishing new traditions with some of the following:
Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has become one of the nation’s most notable holiday traditions. Crowds of people line the Manhattan’s streets to watch this spectacular display in New York City. The giant inflatable balloons that are part of this parade float high above the onlookers between the skyscrapers. Join NBC for the live broadcast of the 94th annual Thanksgiving parade.
Eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal with new people
Thanksgiving Day is incomplete without the traditional provisions. There is nothing better than turkey with cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, and of course, pumpkin pie. Consider organizing a potluck with all the traditional Thanksgiving foods at work with co-workers and enjoy the meal together.
Share what you’re most thankful for on social media
The Thanksgiving holiday is often a time to reflect and share what you are thankful for. If you can’t tell your friends and family in person tell them on social media or through a thoughtful text message. Stay connected with others by sharing something you’re especially thankful for from the past year. Each year it is wonderful to see what everyone is thankful for.
Shop ’til you drop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) is a day when retailers across the country promote their biggest sales and discounts of the year. Many of which are only offered in-store. The past few years and a pandemic have increased the demand for digital savings. Black Friday has become a holiday in and of itself. Cyber Monday deals are unique to online purchases and will still be available online the Monday after Thanksgiving.
There are even some great deals just for healthcare workers.
Give back to charity
Why not start a new tradition of giving back to charity for Thanksgiving? It’s about spreading joy, sharing, and caring during the holidays. In many communities nationwide, food drives are held every year to aid those in need. During the holiday season, consider donating extra to a charity or organization you hold dear to your heart and make it a new tradition every year.
Decorate your workspace
Hanging a few decorations can really brighten the mood and create a more pleasant atmosphere in the hospital during the holiday seasons. Get in the spirit by decorating with fall décor such as pumpkins, fall leaves, and corn stalks. In addition to brightening up the space, it could also put a smile on your patients’ faces.
Watch NFL Thanksgiving football
In the US, football is one of the most popular sport to watch, and Thanksgiving Day football games have been played since 1876, shortly after football was invented making it a long-standing tradition. Watching one of America’s favorite sports with some friends is one of America’s favorite pastimes and enjoy doing so on Thanksgiving Day. Check out the Thanksgiving football schedule to see who’s playing.
Run a turkey trot
Across the United States, turkey trots are a popular tradition. Runners, walkers, and fans join in races ranging from 5Ks to half marathons in local communities. It’s the perfect way to burn off some of those calories after your traditional Thanksgiving meal. Sign up today and run the virtual Turkey Trot.
There are so many meaningful ways to celebrate Thanksgiving, and so many traditions to make and do. Although the hospital or facility will never feel quite like home to the patient, you can help make it feel as comfortable and familiar as possible for them as their caregiver. And on behalf of LRS Healthcare, we appreciate the sacrifices you make and the meaningful care you provide to patients nationwide.