November 20, 2009 Dave Ullmann
The window between the last bite of stuffing and the first forkful of pumpkin pie is the perfect time to plan a family game.
In some families, any time not spent at the table is spent watching the football game. But if you don't have a lot of sport fans in your clan, plan another activity. Something fun to do as everyone digests to keep everyone alert and avoid any turkey-induced naps. (Unless that's a family tradition in your house - then by all means, nap away.)
Theatrical families might enjoy putting on a small play kids will be especially enthusiastic about this option. Allow youngsters to dress up and act out the first Thanksgiving meal. They can ad lib or work on a script ahead of time. Just don't be surprised if you can't get them out of their costumes for dessert!
A party game is a fun way to keep the adults alert too pick up a murder mystery set, but rewrite the cards and substitute the characters names for historical figures. Replace weapons with things like cornucopias and gravy boats. Was the murderer John Smith on the Mayflower with a gravy boat, or Paul Revere with the turkey baster on Plymouth Rock