Elle’s Edit: 5 Untraditional Things I’m Doing This Thanksgiving

When we think of Thanksgiving we think of family, food, and football.

As I get older the food and football aspect of Thanksgiving becomes less and less important. Family time is everything and nothing says family-time more than Thanksgiving. It is a holiday where you can spend time with your loved ones and just enjoy the simple things in life. I know to many, Thanksgiving can be a time of stress due to spending time with your family so I am sensitive to that and wish you peace during the holidays.

2019 was a really tough time for my family. We had something unexpected happen that changed the way we view everything. We are more grateful for everything and cherish all the time we have together. This year I want the holidays to be a bit different and a lot more simple so we can enjoy every minute of it.

I promise to not be on my phone much during the day.

During the holidays I try to make a conscientious effort to not be on my phone 24/7. Sure we all need to post the Insta story of the turkey in the oven but other than that why do we constantly have to check social media? Everything you care about should be right next to you in person plus all the stories and post will still be live by the time you go to bed and the next day. I encourage you all to put your phone away and live in the moment. Especially if this day is hard for you I really encourage you not to look at your phone because it looks like everyone is having a perfect holiday with their perfect family when in reality it probably isn’t as great as it seems.

I promise to text my friends in the morning saying how thankful I am for them.

I do this every Thanksgiving and Christmas morning. If you aren’t surrounded by your close friends and family send them a quick message telling them how much they mean to you. It is a simple gesture that goes a long way.

I promise to not bicker with my parents in the kitchen.

Little dumb arguments always come up during the holidays and for some reason always in the kitchen. This year I am going to make more of an effort to bite my tongue and be in a little better mood if someone says a comment that grinds my gears. Is it worth it to get into a little argument? No.

I promise to take in every minute of the day. 

The holidays are a time where you build some incredible moments in the kitchen, on the couch watching football, and at the dining table. Soak it all in. These holidays only come once a year!

What are you going to incorporate this Thanksgiving?

Thanks for reading Elle’s Edit. If you have any topics that you would like for me to discuss, feel free to email me at elizabeth.lane.dooley@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you! xo

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