Thanksgiving is one of the most beloved holidays of United States of America. Thanksgiving day traditions are a huge part of it.
Let’s look at 10 such traditions you must introduce in your family. Let’s begin…
- Create a gratitude tree
- Write your thanks on a butcher tablecloth
- Make a family tablecloth
- Volunteer in a shelter
- Visit your Grandparents
- Take a long walk together after dinner
- Donate to a charity or an NGO
- Stay connected with family members who are far away
- Create a family cookbook
Let’s get into some detail.
1. Create a Gratitude Tree
One of the best Thanksgiving Family Traditions Ideas is to create a gratitude tree.
Create a free cut tree from brown or green paper and make it around 3 feet in height and 1/2 feet in width.
Then tape it to your dining room wall or your refrigerator. Make the leaves with green paper and ask your family members to write the things they are thankful on the leaves and add the leaves to the tree.
Follow this through the entire month of November and you will see the tree blossom with gratefulness and thankfulness.
2. Write your thanks on a butcher tablecloth
Among the many Thanksgiving family activities, this one makes it to our second spot because it can help you preserve some memories along with the holidays.
Place a Butcher tablecloth on the Thanksgiving table and provide a pen to all the family members and ask them to write what they are truly thankful for and what they love.
By the end of the dinner you will have a list of things and you can go around and read others thankful list.
3. Make a family tablecloth
Take a plain tablecloth and use different cloth pieces to customize the tablecloth. With this Thanksgiving activities for adults and kids you can easily create a family heirloom. Ask your family members to list out the things they are thankful for on the tablecloth and their wishes with the date and their signature. You can use the tablecloth each year and you will enjoy your Thanksgiving meal with old memories while you make new ones.
4. Volunteer at a Shelter
Ask your family to volunteer at a shelter this year and make it as one of the Thanksgiving day traditions. This will teach your kids to give back to the community. Enquire at your local shelter if they need any volunteers. If there is a requirement then go ahead and do the good deed. If there is no requirement then go ahead and partner with an NGO to work for the less fortunate. Donate some money or some clothes to the poor through a charity and be thankful for what you have in your life.
5. Visit your Grandparents
If you have grandparents that are too old to travel and stay at their homes during Thanksgiving then make it one of your Thanksgiving day traditions from this year to visit them and celebrate the holidays with them.
If you don’t have grandparents then many nursing homes and assisted living facilities run Adopt a Grandparent program.
Visit these facilities with your kids to celebrate this holiday with the elderly who can’t be their families.
Check with your nearest nursing home if this program is available with them.
6. Take a long walk after dinner
This is one of the healthiest Thanksgiving family activities one can adopt this holiday.
After a delicious family Turkey dinner take a stroll with your family for 15 minutes.
This will not only help you digest the dinner but it will also make you bond with your family by spending quality time with them.
Usually after dinner the whole family is relaxed and it is an amazing time to bond and share some laughter.
7. Donate to a Charity or an NGO
This is the time of the year you can give back to the community.
There are a lot of people who are less fortunate then us. Several NGO’s and Charities help these people with food, clothes and a roof over there head.
Several churches help some poor people get back on their feet by providing them jobs.
Donate to these organizations and do your part. You don’t know but your charity can do wonder for others and it can encourage others to donate as well.
8. Stay connected with family members who are far away
If your family members are too far like in an another country then you should take these Thanksgiving family traditions ideas into consideration.
Start a video call with your family before dinner and say grace together. Facetime with your family so that you can say out loud what you are thankful for this year. If possible you can coordinate family dinner on the video call.
Start these traditions and make them an annual thing but we hope you are with your family every Thanksgiving.
9. Create a Family Cookbook
If you have some traditional dishes which has been handed down in your family then you have to make this as one of your thanksgiving family activities in your family. Write the recipes on a computer and then print it. As the family members to draw something on the papers so that the Cookbook doesn’t look that bland. Especially ask children to make some drawings because they can get creative. A lot!!! Make this as a cookbook for your family.
What are the traditions that your family follows? How many traditions are you going to follow this year?
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