Giving Thanks in a World with COVID

Fall has officially arrived! Some of us have already begun the process of changing over our seasonal wardrobes, switching out our tank tops and tees for cozy sweaters and fuzzy scarves. Others have purchased their obligatory pumpkins, spice-infused broomsticks and fall-leaf wreaths. Even if the only evidence of autumn in your neighborhood is the date on your calendar, it is unequivocally, undeniably fall.

Yet with all our familiar fall preparations, it’s hard to forget the elephant in the room. We are still living through uncertain times and still unable to gather as we used to for the holidays. It’s tempting to focus on the things we feel are missing in our lives, but Thanksgiving comes around to remind us that we still have much to be thankful for.

As creative and resourceful property managers, you can still generate a sense of camaraderie and fun for your residents this Thanksgiving season. Here are a few ideas to get your turkey going.

Thanksgiving Recipe Challenge

Fall has officially arrived! Some of us have already begun the process of changing over our seasonal wardrobes, switching out our tank tops and tees for cozy sweaters and fuzzy scarves. Others have purchased their obligatory pumpkins, spice-infused broomsticks and fall-leaf wreaths. Even if the only evidence of autumn in your neighborhood is the date on your calendar, it is unequivocally, undeniably fall.

Yet with all our familiar fall preparations, it’s hard to forget the elephant in the room. We are still living through uncertain times and still unable to gather as we used to for the holidays. It’s tempting to focus on the things we feel are missing in our lives, but Thanksgiving comes around to remind us that we still have much to be thankful for.

As creative and resourceful property managers, you can still generate a sense of camaraderie and fun for your residents this Thanksgiving season. Here are a few ideas to get your turkey going.

Everybody’s got their grandma’s/cousin’s/great-aunt’s famous recipe that’s been passed down through the generations. For Halloween, we suggested asking residents to submit recipes for a community cookbook. Why not up the ante by adding a challenge! This time, residents submit their favorite Thanksgiving recipes and all submissions are placed in a hat (proverbial or otherwise). Challenge residents to try the surprise recipe that’s picked at random and instruct them to post their finished products on the property’s website or Facebook page. Let the cooking begin!

Thanksgiving Recipe Challenge

Everybody’s got their grandma’s/cousin’s/great-aunt’s famous recipe that’s been passed down through the generations. For Halloween, we suggested asking residents to submit recipes for a community cookbook. Why not up the ante by adding a challenge! This time, residents submit their favorite Thanksgiving recipes and all submissions are placed in a hat (proverbial or otherwise). Challenge residents to try the surprise recipe that’s picked at random and instruct them to post their finished products on the property’s website or Facebook page. Let the cooking begin!

Turkey Trot

In keeping with American tradition, how about holding a building-wide turkey trot! Motivate residents to get in shape before the onslaught of delicious holiday feasts by competing in a step counting competition. Many people already own devices to count their steps, and there are plenty of free apps available for smartphones if not. Designate a set amount of time leading up to Thanksgiving in which people can start calculating their mileage, and the five contestants with the highest number of steps win a prize!

Scarecrow Selfie

Tap into your residents’ whimsical sides by inviting them to decorate their front doors with a friendly symbol of the harvest – the scarecrow! Add a further dimension by challenging them to craft the straw-filled characters in their own likenesses. Multiple entries can be accepted to represent all members of the family. Have your residents take side-by-side selfies and post them on your property’s page. Extra points will be awarded for attention to detail, playfulness and creativity.

Turkey Trot

In keeping with American tradition, how about holding a building-wide turkey trot! Motivate residents to get in shape before the onslaught of delicious holiday feasts by competing in a step counting competition. Many people already own devices to count their steps, and there are plenty of free apps available for smartphones if not. Designate a set amount of time leading up to Thanksgiving in which people can start calculating their mileage, and the five contestants with the highest number of steps win a prize!

Scarecrow Selfie

Tap into your residents’ whimsical sides by inviting them to decorate their front doors with a friendly symbol of the harvest – the scarecrow! Add a further dimension by challenging them to craft the straw-filled characters in their own likenesses. Multiple entries can be accepted to represent all members of the family. Have your residents take side-by-side selfies and post them on your property’s page. Extra points will be awarded for attention to detail, playfulness and creativity.

Thankful Tree

Thanksgiving isn’t all about the turkey. It’s a time for families and friends to appreciate each other and remember our many blessings. You can unite your residents in thanks by constructing a “Thankful Tree” in the entryway of your building. Place leaf cut-outs, markers and tape in a convenient place and ask them to share what they’re thankful for and to add it to the tree.

thanksgiving pastry
thanksgiving pastry

Thankful Tree

Thanksgiving isn’t all about the turkey. It’s a time for families and friends to appreciate each other and remember our many blessings. You can unite your residents in thanks by constructing a “Thankful Tree” in the entryway of your building. Place leaf cut-outs, markers and tape in a convenient place and ask them to share what they’re thankful for and to add it to the tree.

These are just a few ways you can bring fun and meaning to the occupants of your property. Residents will be sure to feel grateful when offered these types of activities, and don’t forget to express your thanks to them for being good renters. Click here for more COVID-19-friendly building ideas.

These are just a few ways you can bring fun and meaning to the occupants of your property. Residents will be sure to feel grateful when offered these types of activities, and don’t forget to express your thanks to them for being good renters. Click here for more COVID-19-friendly building ideas.

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