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 married we had Thanksgiving Dinner with family. Last year we decided that since all our family lives across the country we would do Thanksgiving on our own.
We really enjoyed having Thanksgiving at home and we are excited to start our own family traditions. Some of the traditions we want to have in our family will be things we did growing up, others will be new traditions we want to start.
There are so many ideas for holiday activities and traditions we are excited to start our own traditions and see what sticks and what “traditions” we only do once.
Our goal during the crazy holidays is to remember that 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 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 things we were grateful for.
Gratitude ABC’s – I think it’s important to be thoughtful in our gratitude, it’s easy and takes little thought to list some of our blessings, yet if we really think about it we have a lot more to be grateful for than we realize.
To help me be more thoughtful in my gratitude, 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. It’s easy to think of something I’m grateful for that starts with some letters (F – Food, S-Sleep) other letters take more thought (X anyone?).
To make the Gratitude ABC’s even more fun you could have each member of your family fill out the page without sharing what they put for each letter 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.