Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Looking for some fun ideas to do with the family around Thanksgiving? Our family has three Holiday traditions that we look forward to every year. I hope sharing them inspires you to start some of your own Thanksgiving family traditions and start racking up those fun memories.

Giving Back

With Thanksgiving coming up, a lot of talk at our dinner table has centered around helping others and being grateful for what we have. My husband and I frequently talk to the kids about giving back but we wanted to find ways to get the kids more involved in activities that help others. So we have started a Pre-Thanksgiving tradition where we do one activity as a family to help others.

In the past we have helped various local charities through my son’s Boy Scout troop or through the YMCA. This year we are going to spend a few hours hand-packing meals at Feed My Starving Children, a charity that provides meals specifically formulated for malnourished children to nearly 70 countries around the world. This is a great activity to do as a family because even young kids can pitch in and help. Here are more ideas on how to give back as a family.



Origami Thanksgiving Turkey 1

Origami Turkeys – Decorations of Gratitude

I love to craft with my kids. Being creative and making something together is the perfect way to spend quality time talking with my kids. A few years ago, my daughter was very interested in origami. She saw an idea online to create an origami turkey that would be a cute Thanksgiving table decoration.

We took it a step further though and asked everyone at the table to write the one thing they were most grateful for that year on the inside of their turkey. We then passed them around the table and asked everyone to read whatever it said on the turkey in front of them. It was very touching to hear what everyone was grateful for that year. Here are the instructions we use for our origami turkeys. You can be as creative with decorating your turkeys as you want.


Thanksgiving cookie baking tradition 1

Bake Up Some Memories.

We have a family tradition on Thanksgiving Day. After we gorge ourselves on Thanksgiving Dinner, those who don’t want to watch football go back in the kitchen and we make our favorite Holiday cookies.

When we started this tradition it was just fun to be all together in the kitchen, talking and baking. We asked everyone to bring their favorite recipe. The best part is listening to the story on why it’s their favorite recipe. One of my favorite memories was talking with my Grandmother about what her favorite cookie recipe was when she was a kid. Now that she is gone, I still make those cookies every now and then to remember her by.

The other benefit of this tradition is practical. Everyone goes home with a plate of assorted cookies and you have a jump on the busy Holiday season. You can freeze the cookies and pull them out for your Holiday parties. If that is not a Holiday stress-busting tip, I don’t know what is.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season with your family!

If you would like more ideas on family traditions check out my posts on Creative Thanksgiving Family Fun Ideas or Unique Christmas Family Traditions. I also have a lot more fun ideas to do with the kids or grand kids on my Thanksgiving Fun Board on Pinterest.

What are some of your Thanksgiving Family Traditions? I’d love to hear about them.

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