5 Thanksgiving Day Traditions that You Can Start With Your Family

We all want Thanksgiving to be more than turkey and football.  We all want our children to realize how blessed and lucky they are.  We want them to be thankful for all that they have.  Sometimes this message gets lost among the pies, mashed potatoes, and turkey. 

Traditions to Consider for Your Family:

1) Have your children bring 3 things for which they are thankful, or representations, to the holiday table. 

2) Make a holiday basket for a family in need.  We did this for several years and it was a rewarding experience.  If you cannot afford to do this, go in with another family or group.  Alternately make a donation to a food pantry.

3) Use the day to take silly family photos.  You never know, you just might end up with the perfect Christmas card photo. 

4) Go for a family walk after dinner. We used to do this when I was a child and it is one of my fondest memories. 

5) Have your children interview (on video is even better) the oldest members of your family and find out what Thanksgiving was like for them as a child.  Their answers will probably be surprising and give your children some perspective on being thankful.  Let’s just say I am forever thankful that I don’t have to eat a pig’s head for an occasion.

Thanksgiving is about sharing time with our loved ones.  It is a time when we reflect on all the good that has come our way, despite the hardships or trials we may have faced during the previous year.  Make it a day of memories and celebration that your children will look back upon fondly.

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