Las Vegas is a city that’s all about food, glamor, bright lights and the 24/7 lifestyle. Holidays are usually celebrated either eating out at casino buffets or other restaurants (if you don’t have kids) or having a family dinner at home. Some folks attend church functions while others opt to just have a lazy day at the park, the golf course, the store or Lake Mead.
It’s obvious that there are so many things to do at Halloween in town – that’s a given. And Christmas is jam-packed with activities and family-friendly sites, too. Why is Thankgiving any different?
The meaning of Thanksgiving is to “give thanks,” like our ancestors did when they survived their trials and tribulations, dating back to the pilgrims and even in the old country. Do we need a huge meal to do that? No, but there are some Thanksgiving traditions that we just don’t want to mess around with.
So, how can we keep the traditions of Thanksgiving alive and lead our children by example?
- Have a lonely friend or neighbor (or 2) over to celebrate the day with you
- Take a walk at Springs Preserve and admire the natural world. Or visit Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory’s Botanical Cactus Garden and simply enjoy the beauty of the cacti and trees. See the changes in the seasons up close and personal!
- Drive to Lake Mead or Mount Charleston and see the abundance of nature along the way. The contrast from cacti to lake and mountain is especially startling!
- Make little gifts or cards and deliver them to your local senior’s home. They would love the surprises and especially the visit! Many have no friends or family with which to celebrate any occasion.
- Contribute to a toy drive, or volunteer some time at a food kitchen.
- Drop off some essentials or unneeded items at your local pet shelter. The pets want to have treats too! Just check the wish lists at some Vegas shelters.
- Make some popcorn and watch a seasonal movie together as a family or play some board games!
- Consider contributing to a charity or commemorating the life of a loved one who’s passed on by celebrating their life with the gift of a donation.
- Clean out your closets and deliver unwanted or unneeded clothing and toys to the charity of your choice, or even to the thrift store!
- Adopt a pet. If the time is right, this may be the perfect time to bring a new family member home. It’s not the frenetic pace of Christmas with all its excitement, and it’s before the rush of the actual Holiday season. If this isn’t possible, consider a donation to a shelter or simply build and fill a bird feeder!