11 Thanksgiving Traditions to Warm Up Your Holiday will give you ideas on how you can celebrate the blessings in your life.
“Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude.” – Amy Leigh Mercer
Thanksgiving comes once a year, and its the one time we are able to gather together with our family and friends and give thanks for having them in our lives.
Why not add a few new traditions to your holiday and get the most out of this time together?
Finding meaningful ways to spend time together is what Thanksgiving is all about. Traditions add richness to the holidays.
I just started a new Facebook group called Creating a Cozy Life. It’s a group where we share recipes, pictures of things that leave you in awe, and ideas on how to make your life just a little bit more snug. Join here to be part of the virtual cozy cabin.
Here are the 11 Thanksgiving Traditions to Warm Up Your Holiday:
1) Winter walk.
Make it a tradition to take a family morning walk in the woods on Thanksgiving morning. You can use this time to collect greenery to decorate your home and to spend quality time with your loved ones.
The kids look for natural elements like pinecones, holly, acorns and leaves to add special touches to the holiday decor.
One family I know uses the greenery they retrieve on the walk for a wreath making party the day after Thanksgiving.
2) Pumpkin love.
Every Thanksgiving challenge yourself to find a new pumpkin recipe to serve your guests.
There are so many different ideas to choose from; pumpkin dip, pumpkin scones, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin bread, pumpkin granola, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin bars, pumpkin ice cream, and pumpkin cookies are just some of the recipes you can try.
3) Thanksgiving tree.
Put up your Christmas tree early and decorate it with Thanksgiving decor instead of Christmas items.
Start collecting small turkeys to hang, Indian corn to attach to the branches, pumpkin ornaments, and tiny scarecrows are just some of the ideas you can use to decorate your tree.
Before Thanksgiving dinner, have pre-cut leaves from fall-colored construction paper made and have everyone at the table write down what they are thankful for and then hang on the tree.
4) Memory quilts.
Thanksgiving means family, so making family memory quilts to keep you warm while watching fall-themed movies with some caramel popcorn.
Memory quilts are created with old clothing of your loved ones and made into a patchwork design.
5) Heirloom recipes.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to dust off Grandma’s old recipes and teach the younger generation how to make the dishes.
6) Annual flag-football game.
Football and Thanksgiving go together like mashed potatoes and gravy. Get the whole family involved and let everyone play.
Come up with team names and make up silly touch-down dances every time your side scores.
7) Family tree.
Your family is what gives you roots and wings. Honor those that are no longer with you with photos of your loved ones on the Thanksgiving table.
Give thanks for the wisdom each person passed down and include fun stories that you experienced with your relatives. Your kids will learn how lucky they were to be part of a rich heritage.
8) Give back.
Let Thanksgiving be the time where you decide as a family how you will give back to the world for your blessings.
You can change the charity you would like to give to and map out a plan on how you will donate your time and/or money throughout the year.
9) Embroidered history.
I read in a magazine about one family that had a Thanksgiving tradition of having everyone sign the tablecloth that was at the table every year and date the signature.
After Thanksgiving was over, the grandmother would embroider the signatures and date and the tablecloth became a history log of who sat around the table each year.
10) Natural art.
Art is something the whole family can do and have fun at the same time. Gather natural elements to bring inside and create works of art using the items they found.
Everyone can vote on their favorite work of art during Thanksgiving dinner.
11) Letters to God.
Every year, have everyone in the family write a letter to God giving thanks for all the gifts that happened in his or her life that year.
You can have a special wooden box that you keep all the letters in and randomly read previous letters during your meal.
We’ve reached the end of 11 Thanksgiving Traditions to Warm Up Your Holiday. I hope you enjoyed it!
Let me know in the comments below if you have a favorite Thanksgiving tradition that you have or if you tried one of these ideas.
Thanks for dropping by!