Fun Thanksgiving Day Traditions

by Destri on November 19, 2012

8 fun Thanksgiving Day Traditions

Every year we do a list of fun traditions for Thanksgiving Day and I almost forgot to get this year’s list up!  Which would have been a shame because I asked our Facebook friends what some of their favorite things to do on turkey day were, and they had some great ideas.

Thanksgiving Day Traditions

  • Have an ornament exchange – have each family (or just the ladies if you prefer) bring an ornament to exchange after dinner.
  • Change up the seating with numbers – instead of place cards for seating – draw numbers! I did this at a dinner party one year and it really was fun.
  • Thanksgiving Crafting – this is a tradition that was a part of all my Thanksgiving Dinners growing up.  Someone was in charge of bringing a small Christmas craft to put together, you paid $5-10, and while the men watched football after dinner all the ladies got their craft on.
  • Cut Down You Tree – after the big meal, head up the mountains (if you’re lucky to have ‘em near by:)) and cut down your Christmas tree.
  • Thankful Tablecloth – I so love this one – using the same tablecloth every year, have everyone write one thing they are thankful for on it. See the little ones’ handwriting change over the years, and the words of loved ones who’ve past.
  • Have a Leftover Party – this is for the day after Thanksgiving – gather all your leftovers and eat ‘em up.  Might be fun to see how everyone uses that leftover turkey.
  • Make a Thankful Tree – Gather sticks from outside and with leaves cut from colorful paper have everyone write something they are thankful for and have them add it to the tree before dinner.
  • After Dinner Game – gather the neighbors, friends, and family. Bundle up and head to the ball field for a game of baseball, kickball or football.

That should give you a few ideas! If you have any to add to the list, please leave them in the comments!

Hope everyone has safe travels this week if your hitting the road or air :)


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Terrye November 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm

When I was a kid, the parents would send all of us off to play board games or make Christmas ornaments while they cleaned up, watched the game, and plotted the Christmas get together. I have many fond memories and an old shoe box of those old ornaments.

We were a mish mosh of military families stationed in Alaska and far away from blood relatives, so these holidays really became very important. As the parents got older and retired out of the military, we kids grew up and got married, the get togethers got larger and larger.

Thank you for a wonderful post that brought back some very happy memories of my childhood. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. :)


Destri November 20, 2012 at 12:24 am

We kept our ornaments in a shoebox too – and every year they were just as fun to pull out. Love your story Terrye, thanks so much for sharing. We too live far from our relatives so I know what it means to have a group like that to have during the holidays.


Wendy Zaragoza November 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Shortly after marrying I started a new tradition with my new family. We spend the holidays with them every year because my family is in Washington and me in Southern Cali. Every year before we eat, we gather around the table holding hands and say what we are thankful for. It is a beautiful time of sharing and usually a few tears. It forces us to stop in this busy life and take a moment to celebrate the true meaning of this glorious holiday. Blessings to all!


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