The Thanksgiving Recovery Guide for the Non-Fans of Black Friday Shopping

The day after thanksgiving has arrived. Whether you woke up to a post-apocalyptic warzone of dishes and leftovers or got up at the crack of dawn to get your shopping spree on, you can take pride in the fact that you have accomplished a major feat. You managed to balance the travel plans of friends and relatives, you got the food on the table at an acceptable hour and you provided a warm and welcoming environment for all of your guests. You are pretty much a logistical genius. Whether this Thanksgiving was the first time you cooked for a crowd or the 20th, the day after is a great time to unwind before tackling the next big holiday.

Though many will head to malls and shops across the good ole U.S. of A, I’ll be using the day to recover from hours of cooking and noshing on yummy foods. Not sure what you’re going to do? Here are a few post-holiday, unwinding suggestions:

No. 1: Veg Out: Thanksgiving is filled with lots of carbohydrate delights but there is no doubt that it’s only days until Christmas cookies begin showing up at the door. Take this day to veg on veggies and give your tummy a break from all the starchy goodness. Perhaps even throw together a protein packed turkey and vegetable soup from your leftovers.

I’ll personally be preparing a Serious Eats Roast Turkey Soup from my leftovers this year; however, I’ll be tossing in any leftover Brussels sprouts or other green veggies taking up space in the refrigerator. The recipe doesn’t call for it but on my veg-out day, it’s a necessity.

No. 2: Rest Up: I’m sure you are aware but it’s worth mentioning. We are approaching flu season folks. Because you have been operating at mach 5, you may experience that season a little quicker than anticipated. Take time to unwind and engage in a little personal TLC. The day after Thanksgiving is a great day to sneak in a little rest or, better yet, take the day to make a personal plan for staying healthy throughout these colder months.

If you have ever thought about introducing juicing or smoothies to your diet as an easy way to get your daily dose of vitamins, now is the time to do it. Don’t wait until you’re on the verge of getting sick in the midst of the holiday craziness. Rest and revitalize your body now. We even have an entire Pinterest board of recipes so you don’t have to look far.

Rest and revitalize for an enjoyable holiday season.

Festive, Holiday Family

No. 3: Shop: Ok, it’s Black Friday and there are certainly deals to be had. If you feel like you’re missing out but don’t want to fight the crowds and germs from those who aren’t resting and revitalizing, try shopping online instead. KaTom is even kicking off Cyber Monday savings early this year so you can stay home with your family.

If you’re stumped and unsure of what to get your friends and family, take today to browse our holiday gift guides and do a little pre-shopping by making a list. It’s your day to enjoy. Don’t fight the crowds and craziness.

Holiday Gift Guides for Everyone on Your List

The Gourmet Home Chef
For this person’s family, going out to dinner can be both a punishment and a no-dishes blessing

The Coffee Enthusiast
For the little ray of sunshine in your life – that is the post-coffee-consumption ray

The Wine Connoisseur
For the person in your life who partakes in the “spitting” portion of a wine tasting – and the one who doesn’t

The Kid Friendly Kitchen
The tools needed for a kid-friendly kitchen, because, unfortunately, you can’t take a garden hose to the inside of your house.

The Home Brewer
For the big kid still playing mad scientist in the basement who also claims to be finally producing something remotely ingestible

The Meat Lover
For the person who thinks P.E.T.A. stands for People Eating Tasty Animals

The Outdoor Foodie
For the backcountry-outdoorsy or the cocktails-on-a-patio kind

The Kitchen Gadget Fanatic
For the person with at least three gadgets to accomplish every task in the kitchen and no idea where any of them are or how to properly use them.

The Baker
For the person responsible for killing your New Year’s resolution – every year

The Healthy Eater
For the person in your life who knows the difference between a vegetarian, vegan, and pescatarian and also claims to be one

Still not sold on our ideas? Black Friday Alternatives:

  • Bake for all the upcoming holidays
  • Craft your holiday gift cards or simply address the store bought ones
  • Start a new book
  • Holiday movie marathon with gourmet popcorn galore
  • Write a year recap or scrapbook your past year
  • Visit a National or State Park
  • Volunteer and give back during the season of giving
  • Decorate for your next holiday
  • Spa Day (at home or hit up a destination)
  • Host and anti-Black Friday leftover potluck party
Chelsea B. Sanz
Chelsea B. Sanz

Chelsea Sanz has lived in East Tennessee since her family moved here from South Florida just before she started high school. While she initially begrudged her new home state, she eventually realized she had come to not only love it, but to “bleed orange” as University of Tennessee Volunteers fans here like to say. She and her boyfriend Hunter, a trail worker for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoy exploring the nation’s most visited national park and coming up with their own farm-to-table recipes.

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