What are Your Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions?

My favorite holiday has long been Thanksgiving. To me, this is a holiday that’s all about family and food. What could be better?

Every family has different Thanksgiving traditions, and it’s fun to add new traditions as you have your own family. This is a great time of year to remember your family, give thanks for what you have, and just relax. At least those are my favorite Thanksgiving traditions.

Thanksgiving traditions

What My Thanksgiving Looks Like

Most years, my Thanksgiving looks like a really casual day with lots of tasty food. Our preference is to relax and enjoy each other’s company with the help of delicious food.

In the past, my husband and I have provided the go-to place for displaced relatives to come to Thanksgiving dinner. We really like the idea of having a relaxing day with family, and we usually refuse to make plans that are stressful. It’s fun to have others come to dinner, and often we have cousins and others close to our age, so it makes for a very laid back day.

We make it a point to have our favorite foods. Many of them are traditional Thanksgiving foods, like turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pie. However, we also like to have ham, and put out trays of cheese and crackers, as well as have vegetable and fruit trays on hand. That way, we can “graze” all day, and then have a big meal at some point.

Another tradition we have started for our family and guests is to watch the Lord of the Rings movies. Usually, when we have people stay with us for Thanksgiving, we have three nights, so we can watch a movie each night, while enjoying football and playing video games during the day. The whole situation is one in which we enjoy time together and pretty much lounge about for two or three days.

Food, fun, and relaxation are what Thanksgiving is all about, along with expressing gratitude for what we have and acknowledging the blessings in our lives. It’s my favorite holiday because it doesn’t involve materialism, and it’s really about being with family in relaxing circumstances. I never see any reason for things to be different than that for Thanksgiving.

Other Thanksgiving Traditions

Of course others have their own traditions. I know families who like to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade together, and others who go out and play a family game of football after the big dinner. Some families even plan out their Black Friday routes and decide where they want to camp out together while waiting for the best deals. Even though that’s not my preference, I know that it’s really enjoyable for a lot people.

In the end, the way you spend your Thanksgiving depends on what matters to you, and what you enjoy. There are as many traditions as families. It’s easiest for me to enjoy Thanksgiving when I can chill at home on my own terms. But others thrive on going somewhere else to spend time with family.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

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