Thanksgiving is a time for togetherness and gratitude, but there are creative ways to add traditions to your table. Besides saying grace or enjoying turkey before taking a nap, here are a few ideas to create family Thanksgiving traditions. Some involve a little DIY and some are good for your relatives of all ages! Every generation can find something from this list to enjoy.
5 Thanksgiving Traditions Around the Table
- Give thanks. While expressing gratitude on this holiday is a common tradition, you can use this time to share what you appreciate about your loved ones in new ways. You could draw names from a hat and share something special about that person before passing the hat with names to another person. You can also use wood craft sticks to write things that you are grateful for and add them to a mason jar. You could also include a greeting card at every place setting so that notes of thanks could be written down and shared with the hosts of the dinner.
- Get Creative on the Table. Use a solid colored tablecloth or cover your dining table with kraft paper. Use markers to add names to show your guests where they are sitting and encourage everyone to leave their messages of thanks on the table. Draw pictures, get the children involved, and enjoy the holiday. You can save the tablecloth to use year after year and turn it into a tradition that is looked forward to! If you used kraft paper, consider framing some of the most artistic pieces!
- Get crafty. While everyone watches the parade and waits for the turkey to cook, you can set up a creative space at another table. You can make napkin rings, create paper turkeys with construction paper, or paint those wood craft sticks seasonal colors before asking guests to write their gratitude on them!
- If you are serving bread, you can add your blessings to a roll! There are several ways that you can do this, but this blogger baked little pieces of “thanks” right inside her rolls! As guests grab a roll and open it, they will find their blessing or share a message of gratitude.
- Pass out “crackers.” We love participating in this trend during the Christmas season, but there are Thanksgiving crackers as well. A holiday cracker is a British tradition, but it has spread overseas since it is a fun way to laugh at the dinner table. Inside each cracker is usually a funny joke, a small toy, and a silly paper hat. You can find them online or you can try making your own! You simply pull them apart and celebrate!
Thanksgiving is more than just sales and football games. It’s a special reminder to take a break and give thanks for everything that we have. Use this day to share your gratitudes with your friends and family. It is never too late to start a new family tradition. Hopefully some of these ideas will inspire you to smile, laugh, and love your family.