Five Things to do on Black Friday (Besides Shopping)

11/21/2012

I truly don’t understand Black Friday. I don’t like crowds, so it totally terrifies me that people literally trample each other to get their hands on the newest Elmo toy. For those of you braving the crowds, best of luck! For those of you who, like me, will be hiding in the comforts of your leftover-filled home, here are five things you can do with your family besides shop. And once Saturday rolls around, you have my permission to shop like crazy for Small Business Saturday!

1. Make an Advent Calendar: Get a head start on your December activity and get to making an advent calendar! There are so many great ones circling the web right now, but I absolutely love this one from Melanie. I also shared two DIY advent calendars that involve boxes (here and here), however they are just a tad bigger!

DIY Advent Calendar

DIY Advent Calendar from You Are My Fave

2. Build a Family Fort: Bunker down and give yourself some extra protection from the crowds with a family fort! Recruit the kids to help build a fortress for the day. Of course, it doesn’t have to be as elaborate as this one (But isn’t it gorgeous!?). Here’s five more you may want to consider.

DIY Fort

DIY Fort via Design*Sponge (Photo by Carla Richmond)

3. Make a Leftover Sandwich (With a Moist Maker!): I’m actually not really a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich person, but I am a Friends addict and if any of you are too, you know exactly what a moist maker is. So clearly for those of you who will be making leftover sandwiches, this is the only one worth even considering!

Thanksgiving Leftover Moist Maker Turkey Sandwich

Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich (With a Moist Maker!) via Spoon Fork Bacon

4. Package Up Leftovers: If you happen to have even more leftovers package them up and send them off to friends, neighbors or anyone else who may not have leftovers of their very own.

Pie Box Favors

DIY Pie Boxes via Project Wedding

5. Craft a Memory Game: The family’s all home and in a food coma, so break out the old pictures and make a memory game! If you don’t have wooden circles just paste them to cardboard or thick paper. Then play the day away!

DIY Photo Memory Game

DIY Memory Game via Dear Lizzy

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