‘Tis the season for turkey and traditions. What makes holidays like Thanksgiving so memorable? Long after the food is gone, the memories that families cling to are the special traditions you share together. If you’re looking for some new Thanksgiving traditions to begin with your family, try one (or more) of these this year.
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1. Set up an ornament creation station to keep the kids busy while dinner is being prepared. Since many families put their trees up the weekend after Thanksgiving, now’s a great time to get started on homemade ornaments. If you’re not in the Christmas spirit just yet, make these Turkey Paper Bag Puppets instead.
2. Create a signature Thanksgiving drink. Make sure it’s non-alcoholic so the kids can feel included, too. I’ve seen some fantastic and yummy drinks this week, including this Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider, this Cranberry Fizz or this Pumpkin Spice Frappe. We have a yummy Pumpkin Spice Latte for all you coffee lovers, too!
3. Provide games and contests for the kids if you’re hosting or attending a large Thanksgiving dinner. Pin the Tail Feathers on the Turkey or a good old-fashioned turkey-call contest are fun themed activities that will have everyone roaring with laughter.
4. Display a Thankful Tree in your kitchen or dining room. Provide each guest with a leaf and a pen to write down what he or she is thankful for. Read the leaves aloud as they are taped or pinned to the tree.
5. Gift the dinner host or hostess with a new set of Tupperware. This is more about good manners than tradition, but you can make it a little of both! When a host sends leftovers home with guests, he or she rarely gets all the containers back. A new set of food storage containers would be a welcome gift for anyone on Thanksgiving!
6. Share a favorite scripture or poem about Thankfulness when everyone is gathered around the dinner table. It may seem a little cheesy, but considering all the commercialism surrounding the holidays, it’s a good reminder that it’s supposed to be more about giving thanks and less about being stuffed with turkey.
What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Will you be trying anything new this year?
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