Now that I have a toddler – and another munchkin on the way – I’ve been thinking a lot about traditions. About those comfortable, repetitive actions that eventually become so treasured and eagerly looked forward to. As a child, so many of our traditions were just that. Comfortable expectations that felt familiar, and cozy, and right…
Baking gingerbread men every Thanksgiving is a tradition that my sister and I have continued to this day. She was probably four years old when we first started. Twenty-five years later, and our decorating skills haven’t improved much. 😉 But the cookies are just as delicious.
And the we-ate-too-much-sugar laughter is just as out-of-control as ever.
Although most traditions happen on their own and in their own time, I thought it would be fun to also get some ideas for traditions that I – as a mom – can start with my family. I mean, what is Pinterest for but to give me such ideas when I need them, right? 🙂 So I decided to see what inspiration it could give me for Thanksgiving traditions, as my little ones grow up. Here are a few of my favorites!
THANKSGIVING TRADITION IDEAS
Begin a gratitude journal – Every year, ask each family member what they’re thankful for. It will be a beautiful keepsake to look back on.
Watch a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – Obviously!! 🙂
Thanksgiving baskets – Put together a basket of food for a needy family or bake them a dessert to show you care.
Turkey trot – Participate in a local 5k turkey trot… or just do your own as a family.
Parade – Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade together.
Warm apple cider – Serve warm apple cider for breakfast or for relaxing that night. Maybe even watch the first Christmas movie of the season together after the festivities are over.
Gingerbread men – Bake and decorate gingerbread cookies.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?? 🙂