Keeping the tots busy

When preparing for Thanksgiving, let the kids choose a few of their favorite movies to watch while everyone is busy. Be sure to have some snacks readily available, or wait until after a meal is served, so they do not run in and out of the kitchen claiming hunger pangs.

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Green decorating

Decorate with boughs and berries. There’s no need to buy fancy Thanksgiving decorations.

Head out to your yard with a pair of shears and find tree branches, bush stems loaded with berries, flowers whose seed heads have dried on the stem, and flowering grasses to fill tall vases, hollowed out pumpkins, and autumnal baskets.

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Start the Thanksgiving day right

On Thanksgiving eve have your kids write out thank you notes to each of their siblings the night before and leave them at each person’s table-setting for breakfast.

Include your own thank you notes to each child.

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Give thanks

It’s easy to get caught up in the little annoyances and stresses of the holidays, especially when traveling with kids.

Don’t forget to stop, relax and remember that you have a lot to be thankful for. On the road, in the airport, or on the plane, have each family member make a list of things they are thankful for this year and suddenly it will put your whole trip into a much different perspective.

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Keeping kids busy for Thanksgiving

While preparing the Thanksgiving meal, let the kids choose a few of their favorite movies to watch while everyone is busy. Be sure to have some snacks readily available

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Baby’s First Turkey Dinner

Run a little bit of turkey and sweet potatoes or squash through a food mill. Mix the turkey blend with applesauce until the desired consistency is reached. If your baby is old enough, add a little cranberry sauce to the mix.

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Get involved in setting up for the holiday

Encourage everyone to get involved in setting up the holiday spread and take pride in creating a beautiful display. Ask kids to contribute to Thanksgiving table decor.

Place folded napkins on the table and accent them with flowers or natural elements such as little pinecones, acorns or autumn leaves.

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Rice Crispy Treat Turkey

Get ready for the Thanksgiving season and make a Turkey-Shaped Rice Crispy Treat.

With this turkey, the meat is always white, the skin is always crispy, and the inside is never dry. Also, your kids can do all the work.

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Thanksgiving activity

Make a card for each family member that will be your guest for Thanksgiving this year. On each card, tell that person what you love most about them, and why you are thankful for them.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thinking of attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City? It starts at 77th St., and heads south along Central Park West.

When the parade reaches Columbus Circle, it follows the circle to Broadway, then continues south. The parade ends at 34th St and 7th Ave, just after passing Macy’s at Herald Square.

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