These days, tidying up, cooking, hosting, and all things Thanksgiving are probably vying for your attention vs. sexual self-care. Slipping under the sheets may even be the last thing on your mind. Here at Pure Romance, we think it’s important to make time for yourself this holiday.

Thoughts of waving goodbye to everyone at the end of the day, exhausted by the sheer volume of prep, food, and socializing you’ve done might make you wonder how anyone would even entertain the idea of bedroom cardio. If you and your significant other want to unwind together with sex but you’re bursting at the seams from too much turkey (or whatever your family’s main dish is), we’re here to remind you: it doesn’t have to be a sprint to the finish.

Alternatively, maybe a lowkey meal and time together behind closed doors is already slated for the day. (Hello, Sexgiving!) Whatever your plans may be, we’ve got some simple positions you can use on Turkey Day to make the most of your moment.

Lazy Dog

Take a classic and throw in a slight variation to enjoy this relaxed position. To try it, lie on your stomach and prop yourself up on your forearms instead of raising yourself up on your hands and knees. Give yourselves a little time to decompress post-meal, but don’t wait too long! All those heavy sides and sugary desserts could put you in a food coma.


You may need a little comfort after a long day of answering the same questions from visiting relatives interspersed with wrangling nieces and nephews. This position can start as simple spooning but take it to the next level by having one person (usually the big spoon) exert just a little more energy. The best part? This is the perfect position for clitoral stimulation. Even better? Try a clitoral vibrator for even more pleasure.

69 with a Twist

Another classic you can put your own spin on. Try lowering yourself or laying over your partner while you please each other. Or, for an even better spin, flip your 69 sideways. Our contributors agree this is a fantastic position to try over the holidays.

Sexologist Yael R Rosenstock Gonzalez says, “If you’re interested in a sex position for overly full tummies that won’t require a lot of movement or energy, try a sideways 69. Have both people lay on their sides lined up head to toe. If your belly could use some extra support, grab a pillow as you snuggle closer to one another. Then, let mouths find groins and voila — low effort mutual pleasure!”

Basted Turkey

This next one is less of a position and more of a technique. You may be an expert after a day of basting your own turkeys. Now, use that expertise! Start out with some massage oil and then break out the lubricants when the action gets hot and heavy. Finish off the evening with a shower and scrub down before relaxing in bed.

In a Chair

After a long day, you’ll have plenty of chairs to choose from for this position. Just have your partner take a seat and you take your seat on top and prepare for a ride you’ll love. This position’s fun to try before cleaning up all the spare furniture.

This holiday, we hope you remember to make time for a moment together amidst the rush. With these positions, you can still indulge with all your favorite foods, and have fun together after while keeping comfortable. Sex at the end of a long day is not only a great way to unwind, but also an opportunity to reflect on something you’re most thankful for: each other.

Tori Tromblay

Tori Tromblay

Special Projects Producer
Tori Tromblay (she/her/hers) is a book enthuisiast, cat lover, and Cincinnati native. She graduated from Ohio University with a degree in journalism. After traveling to New York, D.C., London, and Tulsa, she settled back home, where she lives with her husband and two cats. She has worked for Pure Romance for two years and loves to learn and teach about sex education.