Meaningful Thanksgiving traditions to start with the family is a good way to make memories and to reflect on everything we are thankful for.
Traditions are a great way to pass down some good lessons for kids and can allow the family to come together to appreciate each other and what they have. Good family traditions can also encourage bonding and can create memories that last a lifetime.
If you are looking to create some good memories that will last year after year, these meaningful Thanksgiving traditions could be a way to bring the family together.
Write Thank You Cards
Family is all about helping each other through the good and the bad. Family is about being there for one another no matter what the situation is.
To show your appreciation for the family, one meaningful tradition is to have everyone write thank-you cards. The thank-you letters can include a thank-you note for anything big that has been helped with or even the smaller things we may not announce to the world.
Share Your Favorite Family Memories
We all have our memories and one tradition your family can start with is sharing those memories with everyone at the table.
Sharing good memories can be therapeutic and helpful, especially if we are missing a loved one during our Thanksgiving holiday.
Donate a Turkey or Thanksgiving Meal
If you are thankful for what you have during the holidays, share that happiness, and donate a turkey or a complete Thanksgiving meal to a family in need. The holidays are all about cheer but unfortunately, some families do not have it as good as us or may be going through a rough patch. It may sound like something that won’t do much good, but for those who need it, a simple dinner can have a huge impact on their spirits and can help relieve a lot of stress during the holidays.
Helping a family have a nice Thanksgiving dinner is a great way to spread the love during the holidays. This is also a great opportunity to teach children that it is important for them to be kind to others. That some families do not have it as good as others and helping those who need it is rewarding and will help them become a better person.
Make a Non-Traditional Dish
When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of turkey, ham, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and other fall goodies. Why not change it up and make a special non-traditional Thanksgiving dish for your Thanksgiving meal.
For instance, create something creative and completely off the wall. Something that you wouldn’t typically think of serving at Thanksgiving. Everyone will remember the tradition for years to become because it was different and because it was something special that happened every year.
Have the Kids Make a Special Dessert or Dish
When the family comes together to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal, a fun way to make memories would be to create a tradition where each year the kids make a special dish.
A dessert would be a great way to go, but kids can also create their very own side dish for the holidays. Let them get creative with it! Let them go wild with decorating it and mixing their favorite flavors (to an extent) to create something the whole family will enjoy.
If you want to go with the safe route, a simple dessert or side dish that is served every year can also be made by the kids. Of course, you’ll want to be sure there is some supervision there so that they don’t go too crazy and because you really don’t want to leave them unattended to in the kitchen!
Play a Game Afterwards
After everyone has feasted on their favorite Thanksgiving foods, why not get everyone involved in a fun family game or two.
You can come up with your own special game, grab a deck of cards, bust out the board games, or even get the VR or game system out. There are plenty of games that can be played that are family-friendly and something both the kids and adults can enjoy.
Travel During Thanksgiving
We often associate Thanksgiving with staying home and creating a large meal to enjoy with the family. Why not change it up and create a new tradition of traveling or taking a trip somewhere during the holiday.
Each year you can pick a new destination to make memories at, and meet up with family from out of state so that everyone can come together to experience the fun. Maybe you can venture out to one of the sports games or visit areas of the world you’ve never seen before.
There’s nothing better than creating your own Thanksgiving traditions that can be passed down from generation to generation. Traditions are a great way to bring the family together and to create lasting memories that will never be forgotten.
When you are thinking about a new tradition to start with the family for Thanksgiving, be sure to think both in and out of the box. We can certainly go with the traditional traditions many families do during Thanksgiving, but we can also get creative and pave our own family traditions.