Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with good food, family, and traditions. It’s a time of reflection, giving back, and thanks. Every family has their own unique way of celebrating this festive season. But just in case you’re looking for a few new unique ways to celebrate, here’s a list of Thanksgiving traditions to add to your family holiday this year.
COLLECT CANNED GOODS
Food banks are usually overrun with volunteers during the holidays. Instead of volunteering, have every person bring a food item to donate. You can even have the kids decorate a box to deliver the goods in so that everyone can take part.
HAVE A FESTIVE COCKTAIL COMPETITION
Many families like to enjoy a drink with their Thanksgiving dinner. Why not make it a fun competition? Have everyone make a festive cocktail, and the one voted the best is what is served for Thanksgiving dinner.
TRY A RECIPE FROM A DIFFERENT COUNTRY
Thanksgiving isn’t a world-wide tradition, but why not bring the world to the festivities? Try adding a dish from around the world to your table this holiday season. It’s a fun way to enjoy good food and experience new cultures.
INVITE SOMEONE CELEBRATING ALONE
The holidays aren’t always a joyous time of year for some people. Not everyone has a family to celebrate with. Whether their family has passed on, or they live too far away, it can be hard to spend the holidays alone. Why not invite them to celebrate with you? It’s an easy way to brighten someone’s Thanksgiving Day.
SIGN THE TABLE CLOTH
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect back on the past years. It’s a time to remember the people that you’ve lost and to reminisce about the good times had. Try having everyone that attends sign a table cloth. It will be nice to see all of the generation’s signatures for years to come.
PIE FOR BREAKFAST
Have you ever gotten so full from all of the delicious food from dinner that you didn’t have room for pie? Why not play it safe and start off your day with a slice or two? This ensures that you don’t miss out. And holiday calories don’t count, right?
THANK YOU JAR
Why wait to give thanks once a year? Try creating a thank you jar. All year, write down something that you are thankful for, and then on Thanksgiving Day, you can open up the jar and read all of the notes that you’ve added throughout the year.
HOST A PIE MAKING PARTY
Making a full Thanksgiving dinner can be extremely overwhelming. Add on a whole list of desserts and you’ve got a stressful day. Have everyone come over the day before Thanksgiving for a pie making party. That way, you’ll have a delicious display of pie on the day without all of the work or stress.
DONATE A THANKSGIVING DINNER
The holidays can be financially hard for a lot of families. Not everyone is able to afford a Thanksgiving feast. You could donate a Thanksgiving dinner to a family that can’t afford one. Even if you don’t have time to prepare it, you could put together a Thanksgiving dinner kit with everything the family will need to make it themselves.
MAKE A GRATITUDE GARLAND
Running short on decorating ideas for your Thanksgiving festivities? Cut some colorful construction paper into thick strips, and have each person attending write something that they are thankful for on them. Then loop them all together until they make a chain and display your gratitude garland for all to see.
START A THANKSGIVING JOURNAL
A great way to reflect on not just the past year but also generations of past years is to have a Thanksgiving journal. Each year, have every member of the family write what they are thankful for in the journal. You can even have young children draw pictures so that everyone is included. These journals will be wonderful to look back on for years to come.