I don't know, nor have I looked up the normal Thanksgiving holiday traditions. I know which ones I grew up with and how we did Thanksgiving. I know that turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing (my favorite part) green bean casserole, DeeDee's pumpkin pie, and sweet tea were always served.
I know that in our new family consisting of Caleb and I (in 79 days!!!) I want to have holiday and just "in general" traditions that we do together, so that when we're old and gray we can look back on the years that we have done them and have those memories. I think part of the fun in having traditions is discussing them and what happened in the years before in the years to come.
So, without any real research (sorry) on the actual Thanksgiving holiday and other than what I already know; I looked up unusual and new Thanksgiving traditions. Here is what I came up with:
|This one reminds me of Thankful Thursdays|
Here are some ideas I have that I haven't actually done, but I think would be fun:
Write a Post-it note every day in November to each of your family members telling them a reason you are thankful for them. Hide them in their rooms, closets, lunch boxes, the bathroom mirror, etc.
|Click the picture for a tutorial|
My aunt had my cousins draw on plate when they were little and I'm not sure exactly how they made them, but it's basically the sharpie technique that is all over Pinterest right now. Have your kids draw on plates to use year after year. Bake them and then like my aunt did last year (now that all of us are in our 20's) she brought them back out and it was a funny conversation starter and fun to see.
Write thank you notes to your parents, grandparents, siblings, best friends, etc. Tell them how thankful you are for them. These are often the most overlooked people to give cards to just for a "Thank You!" Use this as a time that you can tell them all the reasons you are thankful for them and love them.