• Isabelle Schwarz

Five Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions We Are Grateful For

Updated: Feb 10

There is no doubt that Thanksgiving is going to look a bit different for all of us this year. Between the recent statewide safety mandate in Minnesota and physically distancing, our tables and homes will be less crowded this Thursday. Whether you are spending Thanksgiving with your immediate family, rolling solo, or virtually celebrating, here are some of our favorite ways to make Thanksgiving feel special and festive this year!


Be Sure To Get Pie


Missing your family’s specially baked pie this Thanksgiving? Here are some of our favorite places to pick-up a pie that will be sure to spark the memories of being with family…


Birchwood Cafe

Order a Caramel Apple Streusel Pie or their classic Assortment of Birchwood Cookies. You can’t go wrong, either way, we recommend you wear your best stretchy pants.


Lunds & Byerly’s

Our neighborhood favorite grocery store, Lunds & Byerly’s, offers a variety of baked goods and pre-made Turkey Dinners that serves 3 to 5. This order includes a pumpkin pie, and they recommend serving cold!


Randy Pie MN

All of Randy’s Pies are made to order, and supplies are limited, so hurry and pick-up your home-made Bourbon Pecan or Pumpkin pie today!



What To Watch


It seems as if “playing it by ear” has been the universal theme this year! Thankfully, we can find a little normalcy in what is on our tv's this Thanksgiving. Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving classics for your to tune in to this week.


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

"It will not be a live parade, but something that will really give us that warmth and that great feeling we have on Thanksgiving day."


Support Your Favorite Team! (Or Join The Bandwagon)

For some, Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a great game to watch! Make sure to check out the following games…

  • 11:30 AM CST - Houston Texans vs Detroit Lions

  • 3:30 PM CST - Washington vs. Dallas Cowboys

  • 7:20 PM CST - Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers


Our Favorite Movies to Stream

Of course, you’re going to need a post-pie activity, nothing better than watching a great feel-good movie! Here are some of our favorites…


Deals & Steals


Personally, we aren’t trekking out to the stories this week, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t incredible online deals! Here are McAlpin Marketing’s top deals that we are taking advantage of!



Opt Outside


One of Isabelle’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions is visiting a new state park with her family every year. Here are some of her favorite hikes, not too far from the Twin Cities!


  • Whitewater State Park (19041 MN-74, Altura, MN 55910)

  • Afton State Park (6959 Peller Ave S, Hastings, MN 55033)

  • Interstate State Park (307 Milltown Rd, Taylors Falls, MN 55084)

  • Willow River State Park (1034 Co Hwy A, Hudson, WI 54016)

  • Nerstrand Big Woods State Park (9700 170th St E, Nerstrand, MN 55053)


Make A Festive Fall Cocktail


There are so many delicious fall flavors that are perfect for cocktails! Make individual drinks or whip up a whole batch, these recipes will be sure to do the trick!



Whatever you do this Thanksgiving, we hope you have a restful day filled with love and some fun. Happy Thanksgiving from the McAlpin Marketing Team!


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