In 2008, our friends at StoryCorps created a new national holiday, the National Day of Listening. On the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps asks everyone to take a few minutes to record an interview with a loved one. You can use recording equipment that is readily available to you, such as computers, iPhones, and tape recorders, along with StoryCorps’ free Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide.
Isn’t this pure dead genius? Apart from the appeal of a noncommercial alternative to “Black Friday” shopping sprees, you’ll probably also learn a thing or two about your loved ones. I encourage you to set aside time to listen to a loved one’s story while recovering from your turkey coma.