Thanksgiving is here and I know we all have food and family on our minds. It’s finally holiday season, a time when we partake in holiday traditions and enjoy this time together. To enhance your holiday fun and happiness, I’ve compiled a top five list of ways to enhance your Thanksgiving experience. There’s more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, here’s why…
1. Fried Turkey
I was going to save this secret for last but to me it’s the most important. Last year I had the Thanksgiving experience of a lifetime, I indulged in fried turkey. It honestly changed my Thanksgiving forever. I no longer want baked turkey. I no longer want to douse my turkey in gravy in hopes that it will ignite flavor. Fried turkey has flavor, it’s moist and absolutely delicious. The secret is, I didn’t make my turkey (judge me, it’s fine.) I took my turkey a day in advance to Seamorhen (11829 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica NY 11434) and dropped it off. For about $40-$50 they will fry your turkey and you can return and pick it up. Seamorhen just opened a new location at 190-07 109rd Farmers Blvd 11412. Trust me when I tell you they will change your Thanksgiving dinner experience forever.
2. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is on Thursday, November 27th and begins at 9am. The parade marches down Central Park West from 77th Street to Columbus Circle along Central Park South to 6th Avenue, down 6th Avenue to 34th Street and along 34th Street to Macy’s Herald Square (34th Street.) As New Yorkers, I know what you’re thinking. You’re saying “I’ve done this before,” or “I live in New York, this isn’t new to me.” But every year is a new experience with new floats and new entertainment. Maybe you can take someone knew that has never been and make it a memorable experience.
3. Black Friday Deals
Thankfully, Black Friday deals are not only on Friday anymore. You can begin your shopping now! If you’re brave and want to battle the black Friday crowds on Friday, I applaud you. If you’re like me and rather shop online, then I’ve compiled a short list of my favorite stores and their Black Friday deals. Also, if you have been moved by the recent events of our country and will not be participating, I completely support your decision as well.
- Target – Deals on everything!
- Victoria’s Secret- Angel Card Early Access, Free Black tote with $75 purchase, Buy one bra and get one 50% off
- Bloomingdales- Big Brown Bag Sale, save up to 50% through 11/29
- Express- 50% off everything in store and online
- H&M- Deals starting as low as $3.95, free shipping on orders over $50 until 11/29
- Sony- Great online deals on tv’s, cameras and other electronics
I have also been told about shopular. A app that delivers the best deals from your favorite stores to your phone. Good luck and happy shopping!
The most promising way to enhance your Thanksgiving experience is to enhance the experience of others. What I mean is, volunteer! Volunteer to serve food to the homeless, lend a hand to your church or organization’s Thanksgiving food drive, participate in an activity or event that puts a smile on someone else’s face. The most rewarding feeling is to help someone else. “Remember that today you may have everything and tomorrow you may have nothing. Be thankful and gracious always.”
Visit newyorkcares.org, newyorkcommonpantry.org, cityharvest.org and foodbanknyc.org for volunteer opportunities. If your church or organization needs volunteers, contact me: email@example.com I would be happy to publicize your event.
5. Holiday Shops, Display Windows and Ice Skating
You’re off of work, you’re out of school, you don’t really have to be anywhere so I suggest you spend this time doing everything! Everything like visiting NYC’s holiday shops, going ice skating and viewing the beautiful display windows at Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Lord and Taylor, Macy’s and Tiffany & Co. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, enjoy it!