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The spicy scent of gingerbread fresh out of the oven, festive leaves adorned with sentimental words, and crunchy fall leaves are all part of Thanksgiving tradition ideas our family enjoys…
…and yours can, too. Thanksgiving tradition ideas aren’t as easy to find as Christmas ones, but our family has a few we cling to.
Why have traditions? Well, because traditions are comforting.
Growing up anticipating decorating gingerbread cookies, stuffing the turkey with my uncle, watching the Macy’s parade with my aunt, and listening to the first Christmas album of the holiday season brought me so much joy.
Now that I’m a mom, I’ve enjoyed watching that same anticipation start building in our children.
The scents of Pumpkin spice coffee, the brilliant colors of the leaves turning on the trees, and the brisk weather that makes us pull on fuzzy sweaters are all stepping stones down the path to our favorite family day of the year!
Our take comfort that no matter where we are, there are some things we’re going to do no matter what. Those traditions have given them stability and peace in tumultuous seasons, delight and excitement in happier ones.
Traditions Strengthen Family Ties
Decorating gingerbread boys is hands down my most precious childhood Thanksgiving memory. I have photos from year after year of doing so, and even one of them is framed and displayed proudly in our home.
I’ve carried that tradition forward with our family, but we’ve also created a few of our own to fit our own lives. These traditions have knit us all closer together.
Traditions do that, you know? Shared experiences, year after year, knit your hearts together. I love doing that for my kids!
Their favorite tradition is our huge family brunch. Since my husband works on the holidays most of the time, we have to get creative. Instead of a huge dinner like most families have, we’ve adapted to a big brunch and have our turkey dinner another day.
Every year we scour recipe books and Pinterest to try one or two new dishes as well bringing back tried and true favorites. We use our favorite plates, make party punch and cappuccinos, and invite friends to join us.
And after? We watch a movie, decorate cookies, and start our Advent traditions.
Need Some Thanksgiving Tradition Ideas for Your Family?
I’ve compiled five simple, fun, and memorable Thanksgiving tradition ideas you can implement with your family this year if you’d like. They were created to start the holiday season with a heart of gratitude and moments of joy.
You can check them out my guest post with Carly at Mommy on Purpose. And if you’re a member of the Graceful Abandon community, everything you need for them is in our resource library. If you’re not a part of the community yet, fill out the form and you’ll have access immediately!
Don’t forget to let me know of any special traditions your family has; it’s so much fun to see what others enjoy.