7 Ways To Celebrate Thanksgiving Traditions When It's Just You

Whether your work has caused you to journey far away from home, or you are stuck at your college across the country, you can still make the most of Turkey Day.

Venturing out into the world is always great, but it sucks when you can't make it home for the holidays to see your friends and family.

Thanksgiving is a national holiday, and it should be celebrated no matter where you are.

It's a day to give thanks, and although you may not be with your family, you can still be thankful you have them in your life.

So, there's no need to skip out on the turkey and stuffing.

Here are seven ways to celebrate Thanksgiving on your own:

1. Have an "orphan" Thanksgiving in your residence hall.

You may not be the only one at your school who can't make it back home.

Make arrangements with other students staying behind, and hold your own "orphan" Thanksgiving.

You can still enjoy turkey, stuffing and gravy, and it will be a bonding experience to have everyone come together to cook a meal.

2. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or a food bank.

Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks, and not everyone is as fortunate as you are.

A great way to spend the day of thanks is giving back to your community.

It will not only make a difference in the lives of those you are helping, but it will make a difference in your life as well.

You may not realize how lucky you are until you spend a day seeing how other people live.

Volunteering will make you appreciate what you have, and you will be more grateful the next time you see your own family.

3. Test out a new restaurant you have never been to in the area.

Many restaurants are open on Thanksgiving and will have specials on typical Thanksgiving foods, so you do not have to miss out on them.

Treat yourself and go out for a nice meal. Invite other people you know are also staying behind for the holiday.

4. Have a "me" day.

Go get you nails done or maybe get a massage.

Then head back to your place, order in some Chinese food, throw your hair up in a bun and put some sweats on.

Spend your day relaxing on the couch, catching up on your shows or watching some Christmas movies to get into the holiday spirit.

Enjoy a day to yourself. Sometimes we need it, and you will appreciate it much more today.

5. Start decorating for Christmas early.

You could spend the day decorating your apartment or dorm room with holiday decor.

Go out and buy a Christmas tree and some decorations.

Now would be a perfect time to make some hot chocolate and bake some Christmas cookies, too.

6. Sleep all day and prepare for the Black Friday madness that will occur at night.

Enough said. Black Friday is the best part of Thanksgiving weekend.

There really is nothing more exciting than fighting over a 60-inch TV with another woman in a store.

The deals are amazing, and you will end up coming home with a whole new wardrobe.

That is, only if is you can stay awake all night.

7. Call all your family members and tell them how much you love and appreciate them.

Even though you may not be able to see them today, it is very important to remind them how much you love and appreciate them.

Your call will make their day.