Each Family has their own unique set of traditions for the holidays. For some families, these traditions stay the same each year and get passed on from generation to generation. Other families have traditions that grow and change.
Our family has some traditions that stay the same and some that change based on what our family needs and wants.
Our first three Thanksgivings as a married couple we had Thanksgiving Dinner with family. This year we decided that since all of our family lives across the country we would do Thanksgiving on our own.
Since finding out we are staying home for Thanksgiving, some of our family has decided to come visit us for the holiday. So, we are hosting for the first time!
Here are some fun Thanksgiving Tradition ideas that you might want to start with your family. Some of these ideas might be something your family loves and decides to stick with others might be a onetime thing.
The best part of traditions is spending time together!
Eat-Out, Cater or Cook – For our family this is a tradition that has changed depending on where we live and who we are having Thanksgiving dinner with.
I grew up helping cook a Thanksgiving dinner and I have many great memories from time spent in the kitchen.
The past couple of years our dinner has been with a small group and catered by Boston Market. We have not eaten out for Thanksgiving yet, but who knows what the future holds.
Special Dish – Both my husband and I grew up having a special dish at our Thanksgiving dinner. His family always has Pink Frozen Salad and my family always has Pretzel Jello Salad.
Candy Corn and Gratitude – When I was young we had Thanksgiving with my great-grandparents and each year 3 candy corns were placed next to our plate. Before we ate Thanksgiving dinner each person would share 3 things they were grateful for. I love that though this isn’t something we do each year, whenever I see candy corn it reminds me of my great-grandparents and the things I am grateful for.
Write Down Things Your Grateful For – My first fall in college my mom started hanging up a big piece of butcher paper from floor to ceiling on a wall in the kitchen. At the top, it said I’m Thankful For…
She would hang the paper at the beginning of November and throughout the month my family would write things they were grateful for on the paper. The kids too young to write words would color pictures. By the end of November, the huge piece of paper was filled with both little and big things that we were grateful for.
Gratitude ABC’s – I created this fun free printable with each letter of the Alphabet with space to write something your grateful for that starts with that letter.
To make the Gratitude ABC’s even more fun you could have each member of your family fill out the page without telling anyone and give points for the person that comes up with the most things. If people have the same item listed the points don’t count. Similar to playing Scattegories.