Holidays are all about traditions. From the special moments you’ve passed down through the generations to the new ones you create as you build your own family. It’s traditions that make us feel connected. Traditions that build memories. And traditions that make us long to gather again. If you’re looking to add a new one to your list, we’ve got ideas for gatherings of all kinds:
Purchase a small journal and offer it to your guests each year. Have them write down one thing they are thankful for, and sign their name. You’ll enjoy revisiting everyone’s entries as the years move along.
Compete for Props
Have a family that loves to play games? Why not start a board game tournament, a puzzle race, or even a trip to the bowling alley each Thanksgiving? It will become something the whole family looks forward to.
Find a spot around your home (inside or out) that is large enough to fit everyone and take a family photo at the same place each year. Purchase a special album and add the new picture to it each year. There’s nothing like watching your family grow, and grow, and grow.
Pick an unusual food item that isn’t typically served at Thanksgiving and begin serving it each year. Something that has a variety is best so that you can offer more than one type. Items such as olives, pickles, ribs, grits, etc. are memorable and will begin to become unique to only your gathering.
Love a Parade
Watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade can be fun for the whole family and a tradition that can easily be carried on. If children are at your gathering, offer them paper and crayons to draw a picture of the float they liked the best. While you're at it, offer paper and crayons to the adults too. You never know what you might discover!
Invite a Guest
Why not show the true meaning of gratitude by opening the table to another? Whether it’s a neighbor you know will be alone during the holiday or someone you discover is down on their luck, your whole family will benefit from having a special guest at the celebration.
After weeks of planning and several days of cooking, you deserve a break. Make a spa appointment the day after Thanksgiving, and keep it each year. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate that tradition?
While traditions have meaning because they are long-standing, it’s never too late to start something new. Find a meaningful one that speaks to your loved ones and begin using it each year.