Between piles of candy for Halloween and piles of presents for Christmas, you and your family may want to sit down at a big dinner table and share what you're most thankful for this year. The Thanksgiving holiday historically brings people together, and no matter how long it's been since you've seen your aunt, uncle and cousins, you'll feel as though no time has passed at all. With delicious and succulent food to boot, it's obvious why we can't wait to sit at the dinner table the third Thursday of November.

The holiday season is a wonderful time to stay at a Gulf Shores area rental on or near the beach, as these large lodgings can accommodate extended families. You won't even have to drive over to grandma and grandpa's house - all you have to do is wake them up with the sound and scents of action in the kitchen!

Where to pick up the groceries

Give thanks on the Gulf Coast of Alabama and FloridaLoxley's Burris Farm Market, which is located on your way to the many beach house rentals along the coast, is the perfect place for you to stock up on some of the essentials for your Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts. This farm market and bakery sells all kinds of fresh produce, as well as freshly baked breads, pies and cobblers.

Get festive with decorations

Everything you'll need to decorate your beach house or condo rental this Thanksgiving can be found at the Tanger Outlet Mall. Whether you want to dress everyone in matching sweaters or you simply want a lovely centerpiece, this huge mall will have what you need. Did you forget to pack your dressier dinner attire? No worries. There are dozens of apparel stores for you to pick up a lovely blouse for yourself or pair of slacks for your husband.

Once you're festive table has been set and you've changed into your Sunday best, it's time to gather everyone for the banquet and give thanks!