How To Work Football Into Thanksgiving Without Disrupting Family Time
Thanksgiving is a day for family. For many, it's also a day for football. While most NFL or college teams have the day off, there's always a shortlist of squads ready to suit up, storm the field and keep the long-standing American tradition in the spotlight. Here are a few tips for keeping Thanksgiving football friendly without disrupting family time.
Tempting football fanatics away from the TV is pretty easy if you fill the house with delicious food. Convincing them to take a seat can be harder. If you're not willing to let your table turn into a buffet line and want to keep the end tables in your living room from filling up with plates, you can smooth the transition from football to family time with some football-themed appetizers, entrees and desserts.
Don't Stress The Dress Code
Whether your family dresses up or keeps it casual, an easy way to make football fans happy is to let them sport their favorite apparel, especially if their team is one of the few hitting the gridiron. Loosening the restrictions can also free up the atmosphere and help family or friends less familiar with each other feel at ease.
Play Some Pick-Up
Filling up on turkey, stuffing and pecan pie typically leads to a full day of lounging around on the couch, but that time could also be spent tossing around the football outside. From competitive inter-family rivalries to a simple game of catch, you can keep the family together, burn some calories and make room for leftovers.
Sometimes there's just no compromise that will please die-hard football fans. In this case, forcing people to go cold turkey can cause some problems. Luckily, with games playing nearly every hour of the day, it's not too difficult to fit a contest into the Thanksgiving schedule. You don't have to have the TV running all day, but letting football fans get their daily dose early in the day before dinner is served, during appetizers or while guests are still showing up can be a hassle-free compromise.
For The Football Family
Even if your family keeps the game blaring through dinner and wanders right back to the living room when the meal is over, you can still alter the way you watch the game to turn the experience into a family event everyone feels comfortable participating in. Be willing to allow other conversations to take center stage, take the time to explain the game to a relative who may be less familiar with the rules and be respectful of those who want to steer the family activity into a different direction.
Thanksgiving is a day to gather together, reflect on our blessings and express gratitude. Everyone has his or her own idea of how the holiday should be spent. If you're hosting, keep everything running smoothly by making sure your guests know how you plan to celebrate beforehand. Start planning your holiday with help from The Lakeside Collection. We have everything from decorative bath towels to accommodate your guests to cookware to prepare your meal.