Whether you split a wishbone, break out the fancy silverware, or try a bold new recipe, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we are so excited for this time of year! As occupants of the beautiful Centennial state, we’re lucky enough to experience a little taste of each season year-round, and the holidays are no different. With that in mind, if you’re looking for traditions to start with your loved ones this year, indoors or out, read on for a few exciting ideas to help inspire you!

Adventures & Destinations
Without a question, one of the best benefits about living in Colorado is the generous open space and the endless opportunity for outdoor activities. Whether you like snow sports, water sports, hiking, or a combination of all three, there are dozens of options that make it easy to opt outside before (or the day after) your holiday feast. Planning to stay local this holiday? A morning walk around one of many Denver parks with the family is a simple tradition that you can easily incorporate into your plans. If you’re looking for a getaway that’s a bit more adventurous, take it one step up and spend a couple of days around the Thanksgiving holiday (or during it!) at one of many popular Colorado destinations. Here’s a suggestion: Estes Park, which serves as the eastern gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, will host their annual “Catch the Glow” event where families can enjoy a parade, hayrides, and visits with Santa.

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Be Thankful 
As Denver professionals work & contribute to successful businesses all year; naturally, they also look forward to spending some downtime relaxing and enjoying personal time with loved ones. While it is necessary to take advantage of that rare leisure time, consider volunteering with your family this year and start a new tradition that gives back to your community. Do your part to support our Denver neighbors in whatever small way you can. Another easy way to practice gratitude is by passing a journal around the table or playing a game after dinner.

Thanksgiving is all about gratitude and traditions that strengthen family ties, while creating emotional connections, and building anticipation. Whether you travel or stay in local, this time of year is perfect to find new ways to give pause, show appreciation for the little things, and encourage your loved ones to do the same. Additionally, not only do traditions generate excitement and security; they also provide roots for our children. Are you excited to start something new this holiday? Tell us what it is!