Thanksgiving is the one day each year we designate to think about all that we are grateful for. It is also the one day each year that we often ask at dinner tables for each person to say aloud what those things are. Due to this being an annual ritual and not a daily one, many of us compress all the wonderful things that have made us feel special, loved, safe, valued, or simply happy into all encompassing words such as family, friends, health, happiness, etc. What we often don’t share are the little things on a daily basis that people do that make us feel good, and perhaps without even knowing so, restore our faith in humanity. For example, the gas station clerk who asked how your day was when you were feeling down, the neighbor who helped you fix a household appliance when you hadn’t a clue, the customer who left you twice the tip you expected when you were tight on rent, or the fellow shopper who held the door open when your hands were full. While these small, simple things are not recommended to be shared all at once at Thanksgiving dinner, it is these random acts of kindness that poignantly remind us why we should not only be giving thanks more than once a year, but also giving back. So put a few coins in an expired parking meter and save someone a ticket, leave a copy of a good book you’ve read in a public place and provide a peaceful escape, offer to take a picture of a couple that they can frame and reminisce over, or stand up for someone who is being treated wrongly when they can’t find the words. Spend a short amount of time on a strong gesture and start giving back to the world all those things that will go unmentioned, but silently noted, at Thanksgiving dinner.
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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you may be hoping (maybe even looking) for something a little different to do this year. Well, you’re in luck! Here are our top 5 things to do in Portland on Thanksgiving Day that will be sure to put a pep in your step.
1. Come shake your tail feathers at the annual Turkey Trot at the Zoo on Thanksgiving Day. The 4-mile run/walk, which winds through Washington Park and the Zoo, is a creative way to start your morning with the family. Afterward, gobble-gobble up a snack at the Cascade Grill located within the Zoo and experience exotic exhibits, such as the Red Ape Reserve and Penguinarium, on our nation's most traditional holiday. Costumes encouraged!
2. Opt for a feel-good morning dance workout at Conduit so you can enjoy the stuffing instead of feeling stuffed after Thanksgiving dinner. The two-hour dance event encourages participants to forget all that jazz that gets their feathers in a ruffle and rather celebrate their good fortune by moving and grooving to the beat of the ‘drumstick’ on the dance floor.
3. Give thanks for all that you have at PROPER's 13th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner at Celebration Tabernacle. PROPER, a North Portland community enhancement organization, provides not only a cornucopia tasty food, including vegetarian options, but also serves up a platter of delicious multicultural music and storytelling for the whole community. This event is also a great opportunity to give thanks by giving back to the community and volunteering!
4. Instead of sitting around the dinner table telling yawn-inducing "When I was your age..." stories to your children, transport them back in time by treating them to a Turkey Day TV Dinner at The Original Dinerant this Thanksgiving. At this 1950s and 60s inspired diner, feast on roasted turkey in a tray, with mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, caramelized brussel sprouts, and more. Fill up after on freshly baked apple pie while watching the football game on one of the many TVs and your children will be giving lots of thanks for the retro adventure!
5. Get in the holiday spirit with a Thanksgiving dinner buffet cruising down the Willamette River on the Portland Spirit! While this may not be the Mayflower, it will certainly be a memorable experience for the whole family in that it puts a new twist on the typical holiday tradition of eating at home. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view as fall slips slowly into winter.