Instead of lining up for hours, try some of these activities for a more fabulous Black Friday experience.

Black Friday should not just be about lining up the whole night to get awesome shopping deals. If you don’t want to line up or are simply looking for other things to do on Black Friday other than shop with a huge crowd, try out some of our suggestions for alternative activities.

See the Great Outdoors


Really see the great outdoors by going camping, hiking, or swimming. If you’re not the active type, you can simply enjoy the scenery and take pictures. Whatever your level of activity is, you can be sure that nature will take you on a great journey of discovery.

Pamper Yourself


With all your preparations for Thanksgiving, it’s time you treat yourself to a well- deserved break. Pamper yourself on Black Friday by going to the spa to restore the energy you spent for that fabulous Thanksgiving feast.

Have a TV Party

Your busy schedule won’t always permit you to watch whatever you like. So why not have a marathon fest of your favorite movies or catch up on the episodes of the series you love? You can even invite your family or friends for an amazing bonding experience.

Get into the Holiday Mood

Christmas Balls

If you haven’t decorated your house yet, now is the perfect time to do so. Take out your wreaths and garlands, hang strategically located mistletoe, and put up your Christmas tree to create a festive Christmas atmosphere in your home. If you don’t have a Christmas tree yet, check out Treetopia’s Top Classic Trees blog post for suggestions.

Discover New Worlds

Books Pipe Pocket Watch Swiss Knife

There’s no better way of discovering new things without spending lots of cash than reading. Reading takes you to new dimensions and introduces incredible characters whose “existence” would create a lasting impact on you.

Get Inside Yourself

Say it with me: “Ommm…. nom…

With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s not that difficult to lose yourself. Spend Black Friday getting reacquainted with your inner self by meditating. Aside from being beneficial to your health by relaxing your usual tense muscles, meditation also helps you realign your goals and find inner peace.

Whatever you choose to do on Black Friday, make your experience memorable enough to be remembered by everyone involved. You can even start your own Black Friday tradition together with family and friends.

Challenge yourself this Thanksgiving with these fabulous and sinful creations

Cooked Turkey
Image by Njvack | flickr

With only a few days left before Thanksgiving, we’re all getting ready to stuff ourselves with excellent food while attempting to avoid answering overly personal questions. Of course, Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a delectably juicy and absolutely awesome turkey on the table. You can even imagine the spirit of Thanksgiving whispering “you complete me” to the turkey à la Jerry Maguire. But how did the turkey become the symbol of Thanksgiving, anyway, and in how many artery-clogging ways can you prepare a turkey?

Why Turkey?

Thanksgiving is my time to shine

Turkeys are native to America. Back when the pilgrims/puritans arrived in the New World, Native American tribes such as the Mayans, Aztecs, and Toltecs had already domesticated these fowls. Turkeys were not just pets or game, though, because they played a pivotal part in Aztec and Mayan religious ceremonies.

Like many animals, turkeys are acknowledged as a symbol in many cultures, and often represent abundance and fertility, hence their connection to the harvest season. They are said to reach their peak power during the fall, which also makes them a symbol for harvest cycles or new beginnings. If you want to find out more, you can read our Thanksgiving Trivia blog post.

Sinful Creations

We have come a long way from the traditional way of cooking turkey during Thanksgiving. From simple roasting and frying, we have progressed towards Tursection or Meta-Turkey. Why don’t you try out some of these artery-clogging turkey specials this Thanksgiving?


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Turducken is simple enough to understand and has been in existence for some time. Stuff a deboned chicken into a deboned duck, then stuff that into a deboned turkey. If you’re still hungry after eating this, you can try out the next item.


Image by Sarah Brooks | flickr

Everything is good with bacon. Turbaconducken is basically a Turducken wrapped in juicy bacon for that extra bit of artery-clogging goodness. If you’re really sadistic/masochistic/suicidal or simply looking for a food challenge, you can try out the ultimate artery clogger out of these sinful creations.

Turbacon Epic

Image by Bobby Solomon | The Fox is Black

World, meet the Turbacon Epic. This sinister creation begins with “meat glue” made from veal pork sausage and bacon stuffed in a deboned quail that’s wrapped in a hen and stuffed in a deboned chicken which is in turn stuffed in a deboned duck which is stuffed in a deboned turkey. But wait, there’s more! That overly stuffed turkey is wrapped in bacon and slathered with meat glue between every layer. Phew! If you take on this challenge, then hats-with-square-silver-buckles off to you. If you’re looking for more ideas on stuffed food, we came across an amusing list written by Brooke Viggiano.

It’s up to you whether you will count them as masterpieces or monstrosities, just don’t forget to be thankful you’re still alive to try them out.

Get to know fabulous facts surrounding the much beloved holiday

We usually celebrate Thanksgiving with a feast surrounded by our families and filled with joyful conversation. After being thankful for the meal and the time spent with the family at dinner, avoid prodding questions from family members with some trivia about Thanksgiving. Here are some to get you started:

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Thanksgiving is a pilgrim celebration.

No, it’s not a Pilgrim’s celebration, but a “pilgrim” celebration. Thanksgiving has been celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November since Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill proclaiming that day as a national Thanksgiving holiday, but it took more than 300 years before that date was finally officiated. Thanksgiving moved from a three-day feast during the harvest season to the third Thursday of December, then from February 19, by order of George Washington, to any day the governor of the state declared it. By the time Thanksgiving finally settled on the fourth Thursday of November in 1941 by Abraham Lincoln and his successors, it had moved through the calendar, much like a pilgrim on a quest for a settlement.

Thanksgiving is a literal holiday.

It is easy to see how Thanksgiving can be literal. This national holiday is celebrated to give thanks for everything that we are grateful for – but did you know that another element in the origin of Thanksgiving is also very literal? The early settlers celebrated Thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest in 1621 with the Wampanoag Indians, the tribe that taught them how to work the land. The Wampanoag Indians, whose name literally means “easterners” in their native Narragansett language, are called such because they lived in Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts lying east of Narragansett Bay. How’s that for literal?

Long-held Myths

There are three busted myths you have to remember about the Thanksgiving feast/harvest celebration in 1621. The first is that the Pilgrims are not pilgrims; they are Puritans who went aboard the Mayflower to find settlement in the new land during the Reformation. Second, they neither wore all-black garb nor accessorized with shiny buckles, as they are often depicted wearing. In fact, both the Puritans and the Wampanoags wore colorful and cheerful attire. Finally, the Wampanoags did not wear huge feathered headdresses.


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One of the staple foods of the Wampanoags that became part of the Thanksgiving harvest was corn, also called maize. Did you know that maize is actually a sacred food for Native Americans? The Wampanoags shared their roots with the ancient great civilizations of America such as the Mayans and Aztecs. According to Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the Quiché Maya, humans were created by the ancient gods using yellow and white maize as the main ingredients. So if anyone calls you “corny” this Thanksgiving, you can tell them that it is just part of being human.

Make this year’s Thanksgiving conversation more interesting with a few facts up your sleeve.