Stuffing your face and watching the parade (and football) on Thanksgiving is part of the charm of the holiday, of course. What’s
not to love? But if you’re looking to add a little something special to your holiday this year, try implementing one of these creative new Thanksgiving traditions:
- Make a game out of placing name tags at the table: If you do a seating chart for your Thanksgiving table, skip the name tags this year in favor of something a little more fun. Instead of writing the person’s name, use three adjectives to describe the individual who will be taking that seat. Then have everyone try to guess who should be sitting there.
- Put together a family cookbook: If you’ve got recipes that are absolute staples at Thanksgiving, why not compile them together into a cookbook that can be passed down from generation to generation? This can include secret stuffing recipes, delicious dessert concoctions, or special appetizers that everyone loves.
- Get active before the big meal: You know you’ll be chowing down later on, so get active ahead of time. Many cities have Turkey Trots or other runs happening on Thanksgiving Day. Encourage the whole family to take part. Even if you walk most of it, you’ll feel good about getting some exercise in before polishing off that third piece of pie.
- Give back to the community: Volunteering is another great way to bond with your family this Thanksgiving, plus you’ll be benefitting people in need in your community. Serve a meal at a homeless shelter, pay a visit to a nursing home, walk dogs that are living in an animal shelter, or find another charity that has significance to your family.
- Do a little research about your family’s history: Use sites like Ancestry.com to find out more about your family’s history. You can also “interview” older relatives about what life was like when they were growing up, and then record these sessions so you can enjoy them for years to come. It’s always interesting to find out more about your family’s background, plus hearing these stories can serve as a history lesson for kids.
What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Share them with us in the comments!