I have always loved traditions.
It’s what we do every year.
For me, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without it!
Traditions enrich our lives.
They give us a sense of belonging and connectedness to the ones God has blessed us with on earth.
Traditions create meaningful moments and lasting memories.
Traditions help preserve the family values we want to pass down to our children and our children’s children.
With that said, I wanted to share a few Thanksgiving Traditions that will help your Happy Home experience real gratitude amidst the food and fellowship of the holiday.
Take time to reflect on God’s goodness and faithfulness this Thanksgiving with one of these ideas.
Maybe you will find something that will become a tradition for years to come!
Are you just stunned by the beauty? :-)
This is a Thankful Tree by Simply Vintagegirl.
Every Thanksgiving, have your Happy Buddies help you pick a few branches from the yard, stick them in a glass vase, and then cut out a bunch of paper leaves (or circles in the above case).
Each night in November, or at your Thanksgiving dinner, have guests and family members write what they are thankful for and hang it on the tree.
Your Thankful Tree will become a treasured centerpiece year after year!
Family Fun shared the tradition of having Annual Turkey Day Awards to celebrate the year’s achievements.
Awards are given to everyone in attendance at your Thanksgiving celebration and are catered to that person’s life.
Maybe Aunt Lulu gets Best Haircut of the Year award or Grandpa Paul receives the award for Knowing the most Scriptures (or being alive the longest! :-)).
Whatever the awards are, silly or serious, everyone will appreciate the recognition and anticipate the next year’s Turkey Day Awards Ceremony.
Here is an unexpected and delicious tradition your Happy Home will love!
Every year for Thanksgiving, Beauty and Bedlam records her Happy Home’s gratitudes on slips of paper and then bakes them into the dinner rolls.
Go HERE for the complete instructions and recipe, but her family loves choosing their bread to see which relative’s thankful thoughts are inside!
You can even leave the family members’ names off of the slips and have everyone try to guess who wrote what!
This is a clever keepsake from the ever-amazing eighteen25.
Buy a book, have Thanksgiving dinner guests and family members sign it with what they are thankful for, add a group photo, and then repeat each year!
And, finally, this is my FAVORITE!
Look at what a simple, white king-sized sheet-turned-tablecloth can become after 30+ years of Thanksgiving dinner guests and family members signing and adding their thoughts to it!
The gal above embellished her Happy Home’s tablecloth every year with embroidery, but for those (ahem-ME) who do not know how to do anything with a tread and needle, there are always fabric markers. :-)
Pull your beloved tablecloth out each year for a feast of memories and treasures.
Are you off to buy a sheet now? :-)
Want MORE Thanksgiving Tradition Ideas? Check out THIS GREAT POST!
Happy Thanksgiving Tradition-ing! :-)