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Thanksgiving Traditions For Families to Start This Year

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude and spend quality moments with our loved ones. If you're looking to add more meaning and fun to your Thanksgiving celebration, consider starting new traditions that you and your family can cherish for years to come. In this blog post, we'll explore some of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions that you can begin this year to create lasting memories and bring your family closer.

Gratitude Jar

A gratitude jar is a simple and creative way for you and your family to practice gratitude and mindfulness. It involves keeping a jar or container, along with some small pieces of paper or notecards, in a visible and accessible place like on your kitchen counter or dining table. The idea is for you and your family to write down things you are grateful for everyday. Then, you'll want to place these notes in the Gratitude Jar. On Thanksgiving, gather your family together to share and reflect on the notes inside the jar. This is such a great way to teach your children kindness, gratitude and mindfulness.

What you'll need:

  • Big Jar. Recycle pasta jar or check the dollar store.

  • Paper and Pen to write what you are grateful for.

  • Feel free to decorate your jar and make it festive!

Turkey Trot 5K

On Thanksgiving morning, many families have a tradition of coming together to run a 5k race. This festive event not only promotes a healthy start to the day but also serves as a bonding experience for loved ones. Our favorite is seeing the participants dress up in colorful and creative costumes. It's a great way to kick off the holiday, energizing participants and creating wonderful memories before indulging in the delicious Thanksgiving feast that awaits them later in the day.

Registration for two races:

Baking Pies

Baking pies for Thanksgiving is a sweet tradition that goes beyond the delicious desserts. It's a day when families come together to share more than just recipes; they share memories, stories, and love. As the smell of pumpkin, apple, and pecan pies fill the kitchen, the importance of this moment becomes abundantly clear. It's a time for generations to bond, passing down the secrets of flaky crusts and perfect fillings. The act of baking together fosters a sense of togetherness, gratitude, and connection, making Thanksgiving a truly heartwarming holiday where the love put into those pies is as important as the feast itself.

Thankful Turkey

This craft is a great way to engage children in a fun and educational activity that encourages gratitude and reflection. To make this craft, gather materials like colored paper, markers, and googly eyes. Cut out a turkey shape from brown paper. Then, have your child write who/what they are thankful for on the colorful feather shapes, which can be attached to the turkey's body.

Cinnamon Roll Turkeys

Are you searching for a creative way to make Thanksgiving breakfast special for your kids? Look no further because Hannah Rinaldi has a fantastic tradition to share with you. Start a new Thanksgiving morning tradition with your family by following Hannah's wonderful idea. This delicious and imaginative breakfast activity will not only delight your kids but also create lasting memories for years to come.

Here’s what you'll need for these adorable cinnamon roll turkeys:

  • Cinnamon rolls (I’m a fan of Immaculate Baking Company refrigerated cinnamon rolls, but feel free to make your own homemade cinnamon rolls if that is your jam).

  • Bacon

  • Candy eyes

  • Candy corn

  • Cinnamon imperials or red chocolate coated candy

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As you prepare for this year's Thanksgiving, remember that the essence of the holiday lies in the moments you share and the love you express. So, choose the traditions that resonate most with your family, and make them your own. The beauty of traditions is that they evolve and adapt over time, just as your family does.

Embrace the spirit of gratitude, foster togetherness, and, most importantly, savor the time spent with those who mean the most to you. As you embark on this new chapter of your Thanksgiving celebration, may your hearts be filled with warmth, and your memories be filled with love.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Belcher's, and may your new traditions bring you and your family closer, year after year.

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