Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it’s one of my favorite holidays to celebrate! A big part of that has to do with all the amazing food and delicious desserts that come out this time of year (I am a big fan of pumpkin and all things spice). But something even more special is the traditions and family events that take place every year. I love that no matter where life takes us my family and I have always made it a point to get together for the holidays. This year is no exception, my family is coming to my house and I am hosting Thanksgiving ????!
Traditions seem like a thing of the past to many people, but others hold dear to the things that were, the events that have been and those classic things that will remain timeless no matter how old you get (like roasting a turkey or eating pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner). I want to share with you a few family traditions that my family partake in every year and maybe these will inspire you to start some traditions in your family.
- We always get together for a family meal: This is a tradition with my immediate family (and it has gotten more complicated as distance and time have changed our lives) but no matter what day of the week it is or what we all have going on in life, we all coordinate our schedules and choose one day we can intentionally all get together to eat a Thanksgiving dinner together. Even if it means someone can only show up for an hour, because of work, kids, travel or whatever the case might be we ALL make it a priority to show up for the meal and be together.
- We all go around the table and say one or more things we are thankful for. I know it sounds cheesy and cliche but you will not believe how many wonderful things have been said around the dinner table to each other. Words are powerful expressions of love and appreciation for one another and this is a great way to say all the things you may have wanted to but never get the chance to. Some years we get really funny with the things we say and other years we get pretty sentimental but regardless at some point during the meal we stop to do this and it’s one of my favorite things that happens all year.
- We play a game together: my extended family is big into cribbage and for years we have had a big cribbage tournament every year after Thanksgiving dinner. Since we have a pretty large group of people, if we all can get together, we pair one younger person with one older person and we have a tournament bracket double elimination cribbage game. Sometimes things get pretty wild and it goes into the late hours of the night but it’s always a good time if you choose to participate and the bragging rights for the year are totally worth it if you win!
- We make pumpkin pie from scratch. My great-grandma Bernice’s homemade pumpkin pie recipe and fresh whip cream get prepared the day of our meal for dessert. It might not seem like a big deal, but this woman had an amazing life story and her pie is the best! My mom actually wrote a book about her life for our entire extended family and it was so cool to discover and read about Bernice’s life and then every year be able to make her recipes and keep her memory and these traditions going.
A few years we have had some pretty funny things happen at our annual Thanksgiving meal. For example, my parents thought it would be fun one year to try “new” styles of cooking a turkey so they bought 3 different turkeys and we grilled one, deep friend one and roasted the other. This was the result of one of the turkeys ????
I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving, wherever you might be or whatever you might choose to do this year the most important thing to remember during the holidays is to ENJOY the time you have with each other, appreciate one another and don’t let the little things bother you. Time is the one thing you can never get back.