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BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives
BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

ATLANTA, Ga. – Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday reserved for fellowship with family and friends. Most of us enjoy a huge meal, fight through the subsequent stomachache, hang with your favorite cousins and watch football, however, everyone doesnt enjoy turkey day in the same fashion. Some families have unique traditions that may not be consistent with, what we would call an average Thanksgiving. So, if you’re looking to change-up your routine, check out some of the ideas the “Where U Live” team put together.   

The Atlanta Half-Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K is one of the largest half marathons in the United States. The race starts outside of Turner Field at around 7:30 a.m. on turkey day. Along with the half-marathon, the organization hosts a 5K, Mashed Potato Mile and a Gravy Gallop for children. This event is truly an event for the entire family. Registration lasts up until the day before Thanksgiving and registration costs between $5 and $40. All participants will receive a long-sleeve performance shirt and a medal, upon race completion.

In a more classic vein, families can tune into some of the oldest matchups, of all time, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys games. This year, the Lions will be facing the world champion Green Bay Packers and the Cowboys will be fighting on their home turf against the Miami Dolphins. Families seeking a more exciting experience can purchase tickets, while supplies last.

Prepping for Black Friday shopping for some families is similar to football training or games, for that matter. Many families spend their entire Thanksgiving Day clipping coupons and concocting plans of action to snag their desired door buster deals. Stores like Target, Macy’s and Khol’s will, all, open at midnight for early morning Black Friday shoppers.

Some families host Pot Luck dinners and dessert crawls with their close friends. A pot luck dinner is when a group of families get together for dinner and each one brings something special or different. Many families host Pot Roast dinners and, also, host dessert crawls in which family’s trade desserts after they’ve hosted their respective dinners.

Many families, also, use Thanksgiving as a day to disconnect or defuse from the stresses of daily life. Some families said that they “plug out” for the entire day and use the time to catch up with family members.

Macy’s at Lenox Square hosts a yearly “Great Tree Lighting” on Thanksgiving night. This year, the lighting of the Great Tree will feature performances by Scotty McCreery, gospel artists Mary Mary and the Macy’s All Star Choir. The pre-show begins at 6:15 and it is hosted right in front of the store at Lenox Square. Along with watching the lighting of the “Great Tree” some families take Thanksgiving Day to trim their tree with family and friends.  

Another idea is to travel on Thanksgiving Day, to get away and explore a place you haven’t seen. Airline tickets are considerably lower on Thanksgiving Day, as opposed to the day preceding and following it. Airline fares leaving Atlanta and arriving in the Tropics range from $400 to $700, roundtrip, if you purchase them now.

Many people work on Thanksgiving Day and celebrate with their colleagues or the family members of their friends. And others have modified celebrations with their families on different days due to their work schedules.

And, of course, some use Thanksgiving as a day to give back to others in the communities surrounding us. With programs like Open Hand, Hosea Feed the Hungry, Hands on Atlanta and the Salvation Army one can find a volunteer opportunity with ease. These programs are currently accepting applications and all will be considered.