Many people have great memories of long-standing family traditions for Thanksgiving. Others remember the meal and that’s about it. Traditions build memories and give something to look forward to. If you haven’t already, why not start some Thanksgiving traditions of your own this year? Build some lasting memories that your family will remember and cherish for years to come using these simple ideas.
9 Simple Family Traditions for Thanksgiving
Thankfulness Tree – Thankfulness Trees in various forms have been all over Pinterest for the past few years. They are easy to create and they let your family think about their blessings in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.
Gather a few, small tree or shrub branches and put them in a large flower vase. Next, cut out construction paper leaves. Using a hole punch, make holes in one end of the leaf and loop string through the hole so that the leaves can be hung on the tree. Each day of November, have family members write something they are thankful for on a leaf and hang it on the tree. By Thanksgiving Day you will have an entire tree of blessings!
Share Your Thankfulness – Before everyone digs into the delicious Thanksgiving feast, go around the table and have each person share something they are thankful for.
Family Football Game – For many people, Thanksgiving afternoons are spent in front of the TV watching football. Why not move everyone into the backyard for a family football game? Kids of all ages will have a blast!
Nature Walk – You might not feel like it at first, but after a huge meal like the Thanksgiving feast, a walk can make you feel so much better. Grab the family and take a nature walk. You might go on a local trail or just a walk around the neighborhood. Take the time to notice the nature around you.
Feed The Hungry – While you might have an entire feast at your home, there are many who cannot afford that feast or a home for that matter. Volunteer as a family at a local shelter or soup kitchen to serve Thanksgiving dinner to those less fortunate. Get to know some of the people and their stories.
Macys Parade – Start Thanksgiving Day cuddled up on the couch with the family watching a national Thanksgiving tradition, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Have a special breakfast treat and watch the floats and listen to the marching bands.
Decorate For Christmas – For many, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season and as soon as Thanksgiving Day is over Christmas begins. While you have the entire family assembled, have fun together decorating the house for Christmas.
Board Games – Family of all ages can enjoy board games together. Gather Grandma and Grandpa, Uncle Joe, and the kids around the table. Play old favorites or buy a new game for everyone to try each year.
Movie Day – After stuffing yourselves with turkey and dressing, you might not be able to move. Roll everyone over to the couch and declare Thanksgiving as Family Movie Day. Have a movie marathon of your family’s favorites or a few that you have all been waiting to see.