The preparations beforehand, and celebrations on Thanksgiving holiday, can often lead to a meltdown, or badly needed day of rest on the day after Thanksgiving. Instead of laying about with a food hang-over, there are some great ways to enjoy the day.

Whether you have treated yourself to a sleep-in or not, eventually a cry for a morning brew will manifest, and an enjoyable drink can be just the thing to quench the cry. If you are a coffee or tea drinker and usually like milk or cream added then I have the perfect solution for this day's additive. Use the homemade whipped cream you prepared for the homemade pies enjoyed the day before. There is absolutely nothing tastier the day after than the dollop of whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon on the morning coffee or tea to go with a light breakfast. Hopefully you can avoid the left-over pie, but if not, a slight slice will do.

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A fresh Alpine or Nordic ski will give you a guilt free reason to eat the leftovers afterwards. For those living in warmer climates, a walk on the beach, swim, bike ride, surf, hike in the woods, or just putting up a few outdoor Christmas lights will do the trick. It doesn't have to be a competitive or lengthy exercise, just some good movement in fresh air to help the digestion from the previous day, and allow for an appetite to build for those tasty leftovers.

Online shopping would probably be less stressful than going to the local mall. This day after is considered "Black Friday" - a huge shopping day that retailers love. If you like getting out to shop on this day, maybe avoid the large crowd places and visit smaller mom 'n pop stores. You might be pleasantly surprised, and actually speak with an employee who knows what he/she is talking about.

It's always nice to enjoy a nap, or an introspective look at your life. Sometimes just posting a new blog, or reading friend's or colleague's blogs can be a feeling of accomplishment. Keeping up with all the social media offerings (even just e-mail) is a task many of us can't accomplish daily. Taking an hour or however much time desired to post, comment, or write an article is a nice thing to do the day after.

What to do with the left-overs besides freeze them and leave them? Re-freshing and tantalizing recipes await your discovery. You can leisurely look through cookbooks or online searches to plan a scrumptious meal with those leftovers.

Another begin is to write out Christmas cards, or at least address envelopes, or order some so they will arrive soon. Really, taking a bit of your day after to begin this communique makes the whole process less stressful, and more like wanting to do it, rather than just continuing a tradition that makes you crazy.

Last but not least, begin a new grateful list. Just add one a day, and end up with a years worth to celebrate the next day after Thanksgiving.

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