5 Thanksgiving Family Traditions to Start This Year

While the Thanksgiving season may fill our minds with dreams and images of a delicious dinner and an afternoon of football, it is certainly more than that. Thanksgiving is a time for all of us to be thoughtful of others, and truly give thanks for all of the wonderful things in our lives. And above this, it is a chance to spend quality time with the family members we love. So this year, make sure that everyone in your family has a great day, and try starting these five family traditions that everyone is sure to love.

1. Give Thanks Verbally

While this may be one of the most tried and true family traditions around, it is a wonderful opportunity for your family to spend quality time while spreading holiday joy. If you have some chance during Thanksgiving or the weekend or week before, sit down with your kids and write a list of who they are thankful for. If you want, you can even have your children write messages to these individuals for a magnificent holiday surprise.

2. Invite Less Fortunate

While your family may have a turkey dinner, delicious side dishes, and a fun-filled night planned with the people you love, there are plenty of people in your area who most likely don’t have these luxuries, and may not even have access to a warm meal. If you would like to start a wonderful family tradition of giving, invite over individuals or even a whole family in these circumstances, and share the warmth of your home with the less fortunate.

3. Book of Thanks

Observing how you and your family members have changed over the years is a magical thing. Through your memories you can recall the things you gave thanks for in the years before, and can witness how your personality has formed with time.

If you want to have a firm grasp on that alteration though, consider starting a family tradition of writing a “book of thanks” with your children. Each year you can write down a few things that you are thankful for, and add to it every time Thanksgiving comes around. A few years down the road and you will be able to look back into the past with fondness.

4. Quality Time Outside

While Thanksgiving is a holiday directly tied to food, it should also be a time that we all celebrate our connection with nature – after all, the Earth is what provides us with the truly wonderful things in our lives. So to celebrate our great home and planet, spend some time this Thanksgiving outside. You can play sports together, or simply go for a hike, but even a few hours spent in the outdoors can be a fantastic family tradition.

5. Make Food Together

With all of the planning that goes around Thanksgiving, it can be easy to simply purchase store bought food that comes straight out of a can. And while that may be easy, it takes away a large part of the Thanksgiving charm.

Instead of relying on someone else’s cooking, spend time this Thanksgiving making dinner as a family. It’s a great way to feel a sense of accomplishment when eating, and a prime chance to spend quality time as a family.

Be a Family This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday all about tradition and family quality time. So this year, try starting a few of these five traditions to remind each other what you are truly thankful for in life.


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