6 Ways to be Thankful in North Dakota this Holiday Season

November is a time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for

Being “thankful” is part of our culture. November is a time to reflect upon who we are and what makes us unique as a state; as a people. Slow things down and keep it simple this holiday season by shopping close to home and spending quality time with the family.  Choose a home-grown gift made by local artisans or attend one of the many events happening across the state.

1. It’s North Dakota authentic
November is when people begin looking for the perfect Christmas gift. It's a great time to load up the family and search out that one-of-a-kind present created by neighbors at a regional arts and crafts show. Check out the Big One Arts and Crafts shows, Pride of Dakota shows, and community craft fairs around the state. If you are still seeking that special gift with North Dakota flare, shop on-line at our North Dakota Legendary store.
2. Thankful for our Veterans 
North Dakotans are proud of their veterans and while Veterans Day may have come and gone, but take time to celebrate our heroes at one of the many veterans memorials throughout the state.
3. Make time for the kids
Adults may see this as a learning experience, but it's really just plain old fun for the kids. A variety of learning-based activities catering to youngsters include zoo activities, arts and even Santa Claus. Make sure you check out Animal Ed-Venture at Bismarck's Dakota Zoo and Awesome Art Afternoons in Fargo.
4. Ready, set, SHOP!
Black Friday may kick off the shopping mayhem. But there is something to be said about an afternoon with friends and family at the local stores or window shopping along Main Street in your hometown. Several communities have scheduled events to showcase what their downtowns have to offer. Click here for more unique shopping options.

5. Thankful for traditions
Turkey, dressing, cranberries and football. It is a tradition to give thanks in November, and after you've had your fill of food, football and family, step back in time at the Dickens Village Festival in Garrison where the entire community steps into character for this time-honored classic. Continue the holiday spirit at Santa Village in Fargo.   
6. Eat, then run
We all love the traditional foods of fall. And there is a way to enjoy both eating and maintaining your health this season in North Dakota. Participate in the annual Turkey Trot Run/Walk in Bismarck, or set your own course at Lindenwood Park in Fargo. If a nature trail is more your style, check out some of the great hiking opportunities at North Dakota state parks

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