Giving Thanks: Our Favorite Stories and Tips

From recipes to gratitude to movies, we’ve got your holiday covered

Whether you are home preparing the meal, or traveling to be with family and friends this Thanksgiving,  we’ve gathered a collection of Next Avenue’s favorite tips, solutions and recipes.  We’re also sharing inspiration about the importance of gratitude not just at the holiday, but all year long. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Traditions and Family

Turkey With a Twist: Rethinking Thanksgiving. We asked our readers how they’ve reinvented the holiday to suit their needs and make the day more meaningful. Here’s what they said:… Read the whole story.

5 Ways to Keep Politics Off the Menu. Make the family gathering a peaceful one with these tips on how to steer clear of hot-button issues and instead encourage civility and polite listening….Read the whole story.

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Thanksgiving Cooking Tips and Recipes

Thanksgiving Recipes Filled With Holiday Spirits. I’ve found that the simplest way to add a gourmet touch to your Thanksgiving dinner is to incorporate alcohol into your dishes when making them. For Thanksgiving dinner, I think of my liquor cabinet as a pantry. Because the flavors in spirits are so concentrated, they add a depth of flavor to dishes without much work. Here are 13 ideas to try:… Read the whole story.

How to Cook for a Vegetarian Dinner Guest. Today, followers of plant-based diets are increasingly common, citing health issues, concern for the environment, or animal advocacy as their motivation for the diet. The good news: it’s easier than ever to accommodate a non-meat-eating dinner guest.… Read the whole story.

How to Cook Every Part of a Pumpkin. These recipes challenge you to go beyond just pumpkin pie. … Read the whole story.

Thanksgiving Fun

The 5 Best Thanksgiving Movies. Hollywood loves Thanksgiving, and not just for the food. The annual gustatory pig-out provides a convenient coat tree for screenwriters and directors looking to hang a story exploring family conflict, long-simmering hurts, unresolved romances, generational differences and more. … Read the whole story.

Fun Ways to Burn Off Thanksgiving Dinner. Between the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and miles of pies, the average American eats between 3,000 and 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day. Considering that the typical, moderately-active woman needs approximately 1,800 calories a day and the average man needs between 2,200 and 2,400, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, that’s nearly two days worth of calories in a single meal! Read the whole story.

gratitudeThanksgiving Gratitude and Inspiration

30 Inspiring Quotes About Gratitude. While turkey and pumpkin pie may steal the spotlight on Thanksgiving Day, these inspirational quotes and sayings are a helpful reminder of the true reason for the holiday: remembering to be grateful for what we have.… Read the whole story.

5 Ways to Build Your Gratitude Muscle. Those who do regular gratitude exercises experience sounder sleep, exercise more, feel more optimistic and make more progress on important personal goals.… Read the whole story.

Different Kinds of Gratitude. In this season of thanks, it’s probably a good time to note that sometimes we get what we ask for as well as what we never expected.… Read the whole story.

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