As we kick off the Thanksgiving season, we want to honor the importance of spending time with our loved ones and take a moment to pause and be thankful. We asked 5 families what their favorite Thanksgiving traditions are, and we encourage you to share yours with us in the comments! Maybe you will find yourself adopting a few new traditions yourself!
“Ever since I was a little girl I remember eating Thanksgiving dinner with the glow of the Christmas tree coming from the family room. It didn’t mean that we skipped the Thanksgiving festivities because we already had our tree up; instead, along with family, grateful hearts, and full bellies, the tree gave the atmosphere a cozy feel I still remember to this day.
I am proud to say that having a tree up for Thanksgiving is a tradition I now carry on with my own family. Our tradition may not be for everyone, just as Christmas tunes on November 1st is not for everyone, but it is what’s right for us. Always remember to do what’s best for you and yours, those are the people you create your home for after all.”
My favorite tradition is traveling to a resort where we stay in beautiful log cabins. we meet up with all our family and this begins an extended weekend of just relaxing and being together.
I plan an outdoor scavenger hunt for all the kids—they each get a paper bag to fill with all of their finds such as pine cones, acorns, red leaves, etc. They stroll through the beautiful fall scenery and always have so much fun collecting the items on their list!”
“For me, I simply love having the day to soak up and enjoy the company of my loved ones. Every year we go around the table and share what we are grateful for—this allows for a moment of thanks and love for one another and for the lives we are living.”
”In the morning when we wake up, we share what we are grateful for! We also participate in the turkey trot, a 1-mile run.
However, this year is a little different for us as we are heading back to my hometown, New York City, to take the kids to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! We are looking forward to this new tradition with them. I grew up going to the parade every single year and to be able to do that with my little ones is going to be so special!”
“During the Holidays all of the kids do the post-dinner cleanup. This is great because it allows the grownups to enjoy their wine and converse in the dining room. Of course, the loud music and laughter coming from the kitchen keeps us entertained and we see the love from our young ones.
Also, all five of my siblings from all across the country, make the exact same cornbread stuffing recipe each year—my mom’s homemade recipe.
Lastly, we have played in our neighborhood Turkey Bowl every Thanksgiving for at least 25 years. It’s perfect while the turkey is in the oven!”