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Ten Thanksgiving Traditions to Start This Year with Your Family

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and before you know it, you’ll be welcoming family and friends to the table for the annual feast.  Make this year and future years even more memorable by incorporating one or more of the following ideas into your family’s Thanksgiving traditions.

  1. Purchase special dinnerware that you only use for your Thanksgiving meal.  If your budget doesn’t allow for a special set of dinnerware, consider special salt and pepper shakers, a special dish, turkey platter, gravy boat or centerpiece.

  2. Work with your kids or grandkids on a special Thanksgiving themed craft that you’ll use as part of the decorations for your event.  This can evolve depending on the ages of the kids.  It will be fun to see all the creations each year and add to the collection.    

  3. As you sit down to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, take a snapshot of the gathered family and friends.  Make sure to get a print and consider framing or displaying previous year’s photos the next year.  It will be fun to see how your gathering grows and changes from year to year.

  4. Give back by volunteering at a community soup kitchen or Thanksgiving meal for the less fortunate in your community, either on Thanksgiving Day or during the weekend.

  5. Play a game after your feast.  Pick a family favorite, like a card game, board game or even charades or Pictionary, and spend some quality time together.

  6. Make food the main event by creating a special side dish or dessert that becomes an event to look forward to every year, like a sundae bar for dessert.  You can even extend the celebration by making a special breakfast on Thanksgiving morning for everyone to enjoy.

  7. Make a Memory Book with a blank book and ask family members to record your Thanksgiving every year.  Invite your guests to write messages, include photos or drawings, or anything that makes that year special.  This will turn into a treasured family keepsake you’ll enjoy for years.

  8. Relax after dinner with something special, be it a family trip to the movies, a special drink for adults and kids to enjoy, or popcorn and a movie at home.  This is a great chance to cue up “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and enjoy toast, jellybeans and popcorn!

  9. Get active with your entire family with a pre or post dinner activity.  This can be your local Turkey Trot run/walk on Thanksgiving morning, a family game of touch football or even a short walk.  The fun is getting everyone involved!

  10. Give thanks as a family, but make it fun! Make this part of your tradition by going around the dinner table and asking each family member what he/she is thankful for that year.  Better yet, have each family member write their thankful item on a piece of paper, put them in a hat and draw them out to be read aloud.  The family can enjoy guessing who belongs to each comment.

Whatever your tradition, the important part of Thanksgiving is spending time with loved ones.  We at Solidarity give thanks for you, our members.  Thank you for allowing us to be part of your family!   Please share your comments on our Facebook page about what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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