If you have been keeping up with the blog, then you know that Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday of the year! I feel like it gets overlooked by Christmas by many, and more people need to stop and appreciate the day and what it is truly about.
I have rounded up some of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions that you can start implementing into your November, to bring back Thanksgiving. This is your chance to take a step back from all the stress that comes a long with Christmas, and make Thanksgiving a holiday to remember for your family.
1. MAKE A THANKFUL TREE – The cheapest Thanksgiving tradition and decor you can make from everything you already have available to you. I had the kids go outside and find about 5-10 sticks and branches for our Thankful tree. You can place your Thankful tree pretty much anywhere in your home and it will bring you warmth and reminders on a everyday basis. Plus, this has been such a hit with my little ones!
2. VOLUNTEER – This year we started volunteering at the local Animal Shelter. I knew by picking the animal shelter would keep the kids motivated and wanting to continue to go back, but also because we are huge animal lovers. Our animal shelter has been great allowing children getting involved and giving them tasks they can handle such as walking, bringing the kid-friendly dogs out to the play yard to play and run, and making sure their food and water bowls are clean and full. Not only are you making someone else’s (or animals) day, but I found out through this process as well that you can start logging volunteer hours for college scholarships for the younger ones too!
3. HOST A PIES-GIVING EVENT – If your not able to get together with your friends or family on Thanksgiving day, since a lot of people will be traveling, try hosting a pies-giving. This should NOT be a full blown dinner, but where everyone brings one dessert dish of pie or baked goods. Take it outside and play some football, put together some games for the kids, have a pie eating contest, or choose a winner for the best home-made pie. Make it a fun, stress-free, family and friends event that everyone will remember and look forward to for years to come. To even add your personal spin, create a trophy (or Geller Cup if your a friends fanatic!)
4. BAKE COOKIES FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS – Christmas shouldn’t be the only holiday where you can enjoy baking some cookies. Show your gratitude for your neighbors and community by giving them some home baked cookies!
5. MORNING PANCAKES & PARADE – Since I was a little girl, we always had the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade playing Thanksgiving morning, while bundled up on the sofa in our pajamas. The aroma of syrup and coffee filled our home, while eagerly waiting for those warm buttermilk pancakes. The goal was to fill our bellies up, since the next time we ate would be in the later afternoon for Thanksgiving dinner. Who said Thanksgiving had to start at dinner time?
Check out this years Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade lineup!
To top it off, here is your free Thanksgiving printables for your Thankful tree and to spruce up your home.