by Alyssa Clouston
Thanksgiving is the time to get with your family and give thanks to things around you. A few ways that people can celebrate is to come together to play games, eat turkey, and make memories. People celebrate Thanksgiving in many different ways, but something they all have in common is that they’re all focused around gratitude. Some ways to celebrate with your family is to play games. A game to play is hide and seek in the dark, with flashlights of course. Or you can make puzzles with your family and see who finishes first. Another tradition many people have is they come together with their family at a big table and eat lots of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and all the other classic Thanksgiving foods. While spending time with family is fun, let’s focus on some other events during the whole month of November.
This year, Walnut Creek’s Turkey Trot celebrates their 27th anniversary and will be held on November 28th at 8:00 in the morning for those who want to burn off some calories before the big meal. Not only is the event something an entire family can come together and take part in, but it’s a great way to give back to the community through many beneficiaries: Forma Kids Foundation, WCEF, PEAK, and the Food Bank. Since November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, the Trinity Center hosts a Thanksgiving organization that collects food donations to hand out to the homeless, and foster care, or anyone in need. This is a great way to help those who are less fortunate during the holiday season. On November 16th, Grace Presbyterian Church holds a Fall Family Festival. This includes delicious food (including vegan and vegetarian) dishes for everyone to enjoy as well as games and activities to help to entertain the children. The garden at Heather Farms holds something similar, called “Giving Tuesday,” on November 27. On Giving Tuesaday, kids and teens come together to pick up trash, plant new trees and flowers, and give back to the community.
Overall, Thanksgiving is an amazing time to come together and give thanks. There are many fun ways to celebrate the entire month of November, such as the Turkey Trot to raise money for WCEF, volunteering at the Trinity Shelter to help those in need, attending the Grace Presbyterian Church, a Fall Family Festival, and picking up trash and planting new trees at Heather Farms Garden.