GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the holidays are ramping up. 

It’s easy to become extremely overwhelmed with all the must-dos. But there must be a better way. What if we could repurpose our Thanksgiving festivities into Christmas or New Year’s Festivities? 

Gianna Kordatzky of Family Fun Twin Cities has some ideas below that are helpful to do just that. 

  • Create a paper banner that can be reused for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Start by making the banner flags red and then for each holiday use a different color cardstock to decorate it. Make Thanksgiving’s decorations orange and tan. Use white and green for Christmas. New Year’s Eve calls for yellow and blue. Write or draw pictures of meaningful things. Everyone can get involved. Then, if you want to keep it as a memory from years gone by or not, it’s just a little bit of paper and glue. 
  • Play silly games the whole family can participate in. Lots of "Minute to Win It" type games are good for all ages. “Shake Your Tail Feathers” is one of our favorites You can find how to play it with this link, here
  • The long Thanksgiving Weekend is the unofficial start to the Holidays and we have some ideas for you to enjoy together whether you want to be a part of Black Friday or not. We have listing ideas on our site that you can find. https://www.familyfuntwincities.com/black-friday-alternatives/ or https://www.familyfuntwincities.com/christmas-fun-twin-cities-family/

The Holidays don’t need to be stressful. Take the pressure off by repurposing what you can. 

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