November 14, 2023
A few years ago I had the opportunity to sit in a room with hundreds of other camp professionals and learn from the inspiring Priya Parker, author of The Art of Gathering.
Priya centers her work around using gatherings to help people create collective meaning in their lives. She believes that the difference between routine and ritual comes down to one thing . . . INTENTION. The holidays are a perfect time to employ some of her ideas and resources to make this Thanksgiving meaningful and memorable.
We all know how easy it is at family gatherings to fall into old routines and roles. So, how will you ensure your holidays are filled with intentional rituals routed in your family values and not just mundane ‘routines’?
Check out some of our ideas to make this holiday season even more meaningful!
A simple game that everyone can play! Click the button for a full list of holiday-themed minute to win it games!Minute To Win It
Click the button for a step-by-step guide of fun family-feud questions and answers!Family Feud
Checkout these fun Thanksgiving-themed and kid-friendly ‘Would You Rather’? conversation topics!Conversation Topics
Bring pictures of loved ones who have passed away and share the pictures and stories with younger generations. Share memories, stories and recipes so that the legacy of your family can be carried on through your children.
Some years we are unable to gather our entire families together for any number of reasons. If your family will have members who are distant this year, here are some ideas on how to still celebrate together in an intentional way.Listen To Full Episode
It can be intimidating to try to re-create a longstanding family menu item if you no longer have a recipe! Tune in to this NPR podcast about how you can experiment thoughtfully and without expectation.Listen to Podcast
Use the interactive map Native Land to learn more about the Indigenous people who lived wherever you’re spending your day. Take the time together to learn about and honor the people who came before you. You can use this guide from Chelsea Vowel to help guide your learning.Native Land Map
Relive important moments from the year. Take the time to think back on the year thus far and the ‘highlights’ that you’d like your family to remember. Talking about meaningful moments we each hard or shared collectively is a powerful way to cement these positive memories.
Time is often one of the best gifts you can give during the holidays. Use this incredible website to find local (to you!) initiatives and not-for-profit organizations that could use your help this time of year. Choosing an organization that is improtant to you and your family is the most important part.Volunteer Match
Something as simple as making your favorite holiday dish for a local family or friend who might be going through a difficult time is an easy way to support others during the season.