Every year I am excited when fall arrives. Fall walks, apple picking, pumpkin spice lattes and enjoying the gorgeous fall leaves. It all comes to a great conclusion in one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. As parents we can create simple and meaningful Thanksgiving traditions which can create family memories. Let me share our Thanksgiving traditions and how we weave it into our schedule.
First I ask my husband and kids what they would we like to do in November relating to Thanksgiving and I write it down in my planner. Pumpkin pie, art crafts, fall drives and baking made the top of the list. This year I created a Thanksgiving insert for my Foxy Fix traveler’s notebook to use for Thanksgiving for the next few years. I create a Gratitude List to record current blessings to look over in years to come.
Since the Thanksgiving Meal is over at Grandpa and Grandma’s, we coordinate food and special dietary needs. Right now some in our family has dairy and gluten allergies so I wanted to make sure I preorder any special food items. I found this incredibly delicious gluten free bakery called Happy Bellies Bakeshop which also serves dairy free items, ships in the US, and does not use refined sugars or artificial flavors/colors. A quick side note, the baked donuts and cupcakes are especially good.
The week of Thanksgiving we take out time to add to our Thanksgiving garland. I found this idea on Silver Box Studio and loved it! It is a simple printable that you cut into strips, write down what you are thankful and then tape the ends to create the chain garland. Each year we add a little more to it and it is fun to look back at how life has changed.
The day before Thanksgiving the kids are off from school and they “help” me with baking. It may be messy (actually I mean really messyJ) but I am glad we are making these memories together.
Thursday morning we take the long drive to Grandpa and Grandma’s house. Along the way we read Bernstein Bears Give Thanks and Thanksgiving Blessings books about Thanksgiving. I keep these books hidden in our Thanksgiving box so the books are extra special during our drive.
Also we talk about the Pilgrims and how brave they were leaving everything comfortable to begin a new life with the ability to worship and live in freedom.
During the drive we sing the old song, “Over the River and Through the Woods” which I grew up signing. The original song was title a “The New England’s Boy Song about Thanksgiving Day” by Lydia Maria Child.
Of course there is the wonderful meal prepared with love and we share with our extended family what we are thankful for that year. Many, many years from now when our children are grown they will be coming to our house with their families, hopefully with old and new Thanksgiving traditions.
If you do not have any Thanksgiving tradition, consider adding one this year to create a new memory. Do you have a Thanksgiving tradition you enjoy? Please share below.