Thanksgiving Traditions When You Are On Your Own?

The summer has passed, even though I tell myself I still have time to go to the beach. Thanksgiving will be here in 2 1/2 weeks and once again I am wondering how I can make it special this year. Like many others, I can't fly home to visit family on every holiday. My mother started holiday traditions for us when we will really little and now that I am an adult I need to set and start my own holiday and Thanksgiving traditions.

Last year I made a large dinner for my boyfriend and I with sweet potatoes, green beans, sweet potato pie, and yes, a tofu turkey. Since it was just the two of us, I didn't feel that it was all that exciting. When I envision holidays, it includes young kids running around the house, someone asleep in the reclining chair, the football game playing in the background, and the smell of freshly baked pies. I would love to get some suggestions from others on how they celebrate their Thanksgiving, es.

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