Thanksgiving Traditions Which Can Be Shared Year after Year

Thanksgiving is a holiday each year where your family can really start some great family traditions.
Often families tend to get into a rut after a while, and adding some new and interesting family traditions to the Thanksgiving celebration can really liven things up and give people something to look forward to all year.

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for those people we treasure in our lives and those things we have been blessed with over the past year. A nice tradition to start is having everyone present at your Thanksgiving gathering go around the room and tell what they are thankful for in their lives. In addition to what they are thankful for, you can add on the tradition of also saying something nice about each person in the room.

Another great family tradition is to have a white linen tablecloth on a different table than the one used for serving food, so that it does not become stained. Before or after the meal, hand out a black permanent marker to each person and ask them to write something on the cloth and sign their name and date it. You can then use the same cloth each year and have people continuing to add their information on it, or you can use a different cloth each year, maybe a smaller one, and have someone in the family turn them into stitchery or even a quilt.

In addition to the above idea, you can have a journal book where everyone takes time out of their day to write in it what they are thankful for and a bit about the current life of their family. You can then look back over this journal as the years pass and reminisce about old times.

If your guests tend to stuff themselves at the Thanksgiving meal, and who doesn’t, then you might want to start a tradition of playing a game of football after the meal, or simply taking a long family walk. If you live near a wooded area, you can even ask people to collect pinecones to help decorate your home, and theirs, for the upcoming Christmas holiday season.

As people get older, they generally focus more on service work and trying to spend time with other people. If your family is small you can all go to a local church or soup kitchen and help cook and serve the Thanksgiving meal to people in your community who are less fortunate than yourselves.

If your family isn’t the touchy-feely sort, spending time together watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on television, or even football, can be a fun way to spend the afternoon waiting for the turkey to finish cooking.

If you have someone in your family who likes to take pictures, the Thanksgiving Day event can be a good time to get a yearly photo of the whole family. While the camera shy people will balk the first year, in years following they will participate willingly.

Another fun family tradition for Thanksgiving is the breaking of the wishbone from the turkey and making a wish. This can be done by children, or you can have a contest to see who gets to break the wishbone.

If your family is big into the Black Friday sales events which follow Thanksgiving, a fun tradition can be everyone going over the massive stack of ads which come in the Thanksgiving Day paper and sharing the best buys they find.

No matter what traditions you have, or even what traditions you choose to start in the future, the important thing to remember is that Thanksgiving is about friends and family and coming together and giving thanks for all of the blessings in your life. It is a day to stop and give thanks for our lives and those special people who are in our lives with us each and every day.


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