For most of the country, Thanksgiving is a time to catch up with rarely-seen family members, eat a week’s worth of calories in one sitting, and plan out a Black Friday shopping trip. Although a gathering like this is always nice, you may find yourself wishing for something new. So how do you break out of your Thanksgiving rut and sprinkle in a few fun new traditions? Check out our top five suggestions.

Easy Ways to Shake Up Your Thanksgiving

1. Change Your Menu

Some folks look forward to their classic Thanksgiving food for the entire year. But if you’re bored with the same old turkey and dressing, swap it out for some fun new recipes. Try making some of your dishes from scratch, or change out the standard fare for an entirely different type of cuisine.

2. Have a Destination Thanksgiving

True homebodies won’t appreciate this suggestion, but if you’re up for a little adventure, why not travel over the holiday? We’re not talking about going to see Aunt Ina up in Wisconsin, either. Schedule a family trip somewhere exotic for a true Turkey Day thrill.

3. Host a Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving is certainly not a new concept — the classic sitcom “Friends” first gave it a name back in 1994. What could be more heartwarming than friends coming together to celebrate when money is tight or no one can make it back home for the holiday? Kick it up a notch with fancy dishes, fun cocktails, and hilarious games.

4. Give Back

Since the true meaning of Thanksgiving is being grateful for our blessings, consider passing that blessing along to someone in need. Look beyond volunteering at the soup kitchen — although that’s always a worthy cause — and donate a dinner to a family in need.

5. Hand Someone Else the Reins

Are you tired of always planning Thanksgiving for your family? Maybe it’s time to pass the baton. Give the men in your family the responsibility of cooking, let your children create a simple menu, or start a family Thanksgiving barbecue.

If you’re hesitant to make drastic changes to your holiday plans, start small. Maybe you’re not ready to ditch your home for a Thanksgiving in Tahiti, but incorporating a few new dishes is easy enough. You never know what fun new traditions might come from a few simple switches. And when loved ones are involved, you’re sure to have a Thanksgiving to remember.

Ameritex Movers wishes you and yours a lovely holiday with full bellies, fun memories, and lots of laughter. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!