Thanksgiving is the time to create family traditions!
I love the holidays and I love traditions.
Since I had my daughter, I’ve had a newfound focus on creating a family culture and making the most of each holiday.
I write down what we do for that holiday (even if it’s something small, like the first day of fall) on an index card and tape it to the inside of a cabinet so I don’t forget for the next year.
Traditions don’t have to look perfectly the same every year, and they don’t have to include just family.
To me, Thanksgiving is all about warmth, giving, and gratitude. And sometimes the food.
Keeping the focus on principles rather than material goods is a strong habit to foster in children, no matter their age.
So, here are some family traditions you can start this year to celebrate Thanksgiving!
Take a family walk
Taking a family walk together every Thanksgiving can be a great memory to make! Whether it’s before or after the big feast, it’s a great way to make room for some extra pumpkin pie! Have your kids pick up leaves, pinecones, and acorns along the way.
Bake the dessert together
It might be too much to have little ones help with the chaotic prep of Thanksgiving dinner, so let them help with a dessert! Bake a pumpkin pie, apple crisp, or whatever your sweet tooth is yearning for. Kids love to help and feel needed, so this is a wonderful way to include them in the festivities.
Give to those less fortunate
I love this one! Create a family culture of giving. There are countless families in America that will not be enjoying a delicious, hot meal in a cozy house this year. Donating a turkey, a few jars of gravy, your time at a food bank – any of it helps. Teach your children the spirit of giving young, and it will stay with them a lifetime. Check out more from Feeding America.
Create a family gratitude list
Sitting down and creating a family gratitude list also re-instills w
hat the holidays are all about: taking a moment to count your blessings around family and friends. Gratitude lists are another fantastic way to teach your children that they probably have more than they could ever want and need. Another way to do this is to go around the table at dinner and have everyone say one thing they are grateful for – a practice that can be incorporated into every dinnertime conversation!
Decorate Thanksgiving cards
Decorating Thanksgiving cards together can be so much fun! Using materials like feathers, rhinestones, and stickers can add to the creative spirit. Make cards for each other, veterans, family, or neighbors.
Create a Thanksgiving feast
This one is for younger kids, but create a Thanksgiving feast for the stuffed animals or dolls! Cut out paper turkey legs and mashed potatoes and let your children prepare their own “meal” for their toys. It’ll get them out of your hair for a little while and inspire their creativity!
Check out my other Thanksgiving posts, 10 Thanksgiving Decorations Under $10 , The Best Thanksgiving Books for Infants and Toddlers, and Thanksgiving Gifts for Babies!
What are your family Thanksgiving traditions? Do you do any on this list?
Let me know below!