Traditions are your family’s holiday staples. Do you and your family have any Thanksgiving holiday traditions? Do you sit around the dinner table and discuss what you are thankful for? Is there a certain dish your Uncle Jim always brings, or a CD you always play during dinner? These traditions are what keep your family looking forward to the holidays every year. And, it is never too late to start new traditions. The following are five Thanksgiving traditions you and your family can begin this year:
1. Be Thankful for Each Other
If your family already goes around the table saying what they are thankful for, take it a step further. Before everyone sits down at the dinner table, choose random seating arrangements. Then, during dinner, have each person state what they are thankful for about the person across from them! It is a great way to boost morale and give thanks.
2. Make a Wish
If you and your family just throw out that thanksgiving wishbone, draft your two youngest family members and have a friendly competition. Have everyone pick a side, make a wish, and break the bone! The side that breaks off into the biggest piece grants the wishes!
3. Serve Others
There is no better way to show how thankful you are for what you have than to serve others. If you don’t have the time to serve food at a foodbank on Thanksgiving Day, take some time to get the family together and host a day of service. Whether you take some time to write Thank You cards for servicemen, or collect cans for a local food shelter, it is a wonderful thing to give thanks by giving back.
4. Make a Book
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to start traditions that will last for years to come. This Thanksgiving, start a Thankful Book. Purchase a leather-bound journal or notebook. Take a page or two and put the year at the top. Then, give everyone in the family a couple of lines to write what they are thankful for. Write in this book year after year and you will have a wonderful document that you can look back on for years to come!
5. Run a Race
Turkey Trots are typically 5K races that occur all over the country – from coast to coast. If you and your family are the active type, find a charity you like that runs a Turkey Trot. You will be donating to your charity of choice (an entrance fee) while spending time with the ones you love and burning some extra calories before the big feast!