Each year, Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday on the fourth Thursday of November. Most families follow traditions begun on the first Thanksgiving, but many have their own traditions that they follow each year. Here are some of the common traditions associated with “Turkey Day.”
As we start breathing in the crisp autumn air, our home and garden is prepared for winter and we are finally deciding to slow down a little right before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Here are some ways to really enjoy the gratitude season.
Choose an activity to do with your family every year. These are the times that family members will remember and cherish for years to come. It doesn’t have to be something big. Ideas you could choose from include:
- Go to a farmers market or farm.
- Play board games.
- Enjoy a movie together.
- Check out local activities around your town.
- Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade from the comfort of your home.
- Have a basket in your home for children’s Thanksgiving books.
- Call or write cards to those who could not make it.
Show gratitude in all forms.
Showing your appreciation for life and all its blessing is a key to being happy. Activities done in a family setting help to teach children this principle: To have an attitude of gratitude.
- Gratitude Jars- Write what you are grateful for throughout the year and put it in a jar. When Thanksgiving Day comes read all the things your family has written.
- Thankful Tree- You can make these out of paper or even use actual tree branches. Make leaves or tags and write what you are thankful for on them. Watch how fast it will grow!
- Make a Thanksgiving Journal- Have a journal that everyone can write in. How neat would it be to have this cherished heirloom for generations to come?
- Tablecloth of Gratitude- Buy a tablecloth that everyone can write on. Watch your blessings grow every year.
Contribute to the community.
Helping others is always a great way to show your love for the community. And nothing beats the feeling of seeing that you made a difference.
- Have a harvest party with neighbors that could include apple cider and a bon fire.
- Donate to your favorite charity or cause.
- Make an annual Turkey Bowl. (football game)
- Organize a service project.
- Make treats and give them away.
- Look for volunteer opportunities.
- Every family is different, so find what would work for you and create the best memories.