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With Thanksgiving break coming up next week, Northwestern’s activities calendar is pretty empty. But there are a few things to check out around campus this weekend. 

Week of Thankfulness, hosted by Student Government, Commuter Life, FORCE, Core, and Global and Local Engagement, is happening this week. Every day, now through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., stop by in the Billy Atrium for fun activities to celebrate all the things we have to be thankful for. 

The Music Department is sharing the hard work students have put into their music so far this semester. Join the Symphonic Band & Jazz Ensemble for their concert on Friday, November 19, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Knight Performance Hall. The Women’s Chorale, Men’s Chorus, and UNW Orchestra will also have a concert this weekend on Saturday, November 20, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Knight Performance Hall. So enjoy a night (or two) of music before heading into Thanksgiving week. 

Since Thanksgiving break starts in one week, you might be wondering what to do with the time off. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out this list below.

  • Try a new recipe: Maybe you have a favorite recipe that you make every year. Consider changing it up and try making something new. A new pie, casserole, or salad could be a great addition to your family’s Thanksgiving meal.
  • Try an old recipe: If there’s a special recipe your mom makes every year, consider giving her a break and try your hand at it. Not only would this help your family out amidst the craziness of preparing the meal, but you could also carry on a family tradition.  
  • Do puzzles: Set up a table and dedicate it to puzzles. If you feel ambitious, maybe try out a thousand-piece puzzle. If you’re a fan of finishing what you start, a three-hundred-piece puzzle might be a better option. 
  • Read some books: Thanksgiving break is the perfect time to catch up on or start a new book. Set aside homework and other activities for a while and read. This can be a great way to relax.
  • Watch a movie: While in school, it can be hard to find time to sit and enjoy a good movie. Break could be the time to either watch a new film in theaters or find an old favorite and enjoy from home. 
  • Decorate for Christmas: This one can be controversial, but a day or two after Thanksgiving is the best time to decorate for Christmas because you’re still on break, so you have time. Put on your favorite Christmas music or movie and get decorating. Not only is this a fun thing to do with family or friends, but it also gets you excited and motivated to keep working hard all the way through finals week. 

Whatever your plans are for Thanksgiving break, take some time to enjoy and reflect on all the things you have to be grateful for.