If your favorite holiday traditions are starting to feel more ho-hum than ho-ho-ho, we’ve got 12 unexpected activities to put on your seasonal checklist, from an edifying tea service to an epic sundae.

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SOUTHERN THANKSGIVING

Break with your roasted turkey tradition. Bub City’s Southern-inspired smoked turkey comes with mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and “sweet tater fluff.” The delicious feast serves eight and costs just $30 per person.

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HOLIDAY TEA WITH A SIDE OF HISTORY

Booth One takes your standard holiday tea service and does you one better. From November 29 to December 8, historian Sally Kalmbach will guide you through the lives of the civic-minded and entrepreneurial women of Gilded Age Chicago, while you snack on tea sandwiches and seasonal scones ($42 per person).