Sometimes life gets in the way of holiday traditions, and families need to come up with new Thanksgiving activities. Have you recently started your own family or moved overseas? Perhaps the kids have all grown up and moved away. Life’s milestones such as these often mark the beginning of new Thanksgiving traditions.
Thanksgiving Traditions for a Small Family
If there will just be two or three of you at the dinner table this year, it may be best to keep it simple. Make your own homemade pizzas or fill the table with dozens of yummy appetizers in place of the traditional turkey and mashed potatoes. One year, I spent Thanksgiving with two of my sisters and we mixed some of our favorite appetizers in with the mashed potatoes and biscuits. If you are alone, why not spend the holiday volunteering at a local shelter or helping serve Thanksgiving dinner to people who in need of a good meal?
Thanksgiving Traditions for a Medium Family
Come up with a different theme each year and tell everyone to bring their favorite dish to fit in with that theme. Decorate the house with decorations to match the theme and play suitable games. For example, you could have a Mexican fiesta one year and a Hawaiian luau the next. Or maybe you will go all out and have a wizards bash to celebrate the release of the new Harry Potter movie. Whatever you choose, don’t forget to incorporate Thanksgiving somewhere into your festivities.
Thanksgiving Traditions for a Large Family
After Thanksgiving dinner, have everyone sit down at some point to make an ornament. You could either buy matching bulbs for everyone to decorate or just throw a bunch of craft supplies out there and let them create their own ornament. Once everyone has finished theirs, set up the Christmas tree and let them hang their ornaments wherever they choose. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, consider it a holiday tree, minus the Christmas theme.
If your family has recently undergone a change, from growing in number to growing apart, it may be the perfect time to start a new family Thanksgiving tradition. Whether you are looking to slightly tweak your holiday routine, or you want to completely turn things around, make this traditional change a good one. And just remember – if it doesn’t work out perfectly, you can always switch it up again next year.