1) Cook only as much as you, your family and guests can eat. This sounds like a "no-brainer" but we tend to often serve too much food on Thanksgiving and wind up tossing out the leftovers.
2) Volunteer at a local shelter or church to serve a Thanksgiving meal for the homeless. Instead of spending time and money scouring for the latest Black Friday gadgets and deals, this is a great way to share with the community.
3) Plant your spring bulbs. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, most places have experienced their first frost and so, it's time to plant your spring bulbs.
4) Teach a friend or family member how to create homemade gifts (this can involve sewing, knitting, woodworking, cooking, etc.). By helping your loved ones build their creative abilities, you are also teaching them that great gifts do not need to be bought.
5) Attend or join a holiday parade. This is one of our favorite activities to do. Walking in a parade is eco-friendly and also builds a festive holiday atmosphere. My son is part of the cub scouts, and their troop tosses the leftover Halloween candies to parade bystanders. Believe me, those parade bystanders love the candy!
6) Share and learn a new recipe. I love baking and plan to bake my favorite pumpkin pies and apple pies.
7) Have children make and send holiday cards (instead of buying holiday cards). Children rarely write letters and utilize the postal office these days. It's a great experience to have them write and personalize holiday cards. I have recently taught my children how to write using calligraphy and they are looking forward to writing the holiday cards this year. We use calligraphy pens (with refillable ink cartridges so we do not need to discard the entire pen after the ink has been used).