Thanksgiving is the greatest time of the year for family fun and traditions are a big part of that. Most families have at least one holiday tradition that they always enjoy together and really adventurous families have many! If you find yourself looking for a tradition to adopt or even a few to add to your Thanksgiving holiday, here are Five Thanksgiving Traditions for Family Fun that will not let you down.
Why I Am Thankful
When you sit down to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, going around the table and sharing your most wonderful blessing can be a fantastic tradition. Some like to hold off and do this during dessert or with coffee so that the meal does not become cold. The important thing is to share what you are thankful for with the people that you love most.
Beat My Appetizer…Dessert…Entree…
If your family is like mine, cooking is a wee bit competitive. Every Thanksgiving holiday we hold a contest to find out who can make the best appetizer, dessert or Entree. We switch it up each year so that the contest never becomes too one-sided. This has the added bonus of taking some of the pressure off of whoever is entertaining. Thanksgiving is not the same without a nice competitive cookoff.
Not everyone shares my love of Christmas decorations and fun but if you do, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to do it. Have your decorations out and ready and share the decorating with your family. Not only will you get the benefit of having your decorations done and over with, you will also have plenty of helping hands to make it happen.
Holiday Scavenger Hunt
This one takes a bit of planning but it is a tradition that is well worth the effort. Gather some special holiday items such as ornaments, Christmas cards, figurines and anything else that qualifies as holiday special when you’re home. Hide these items in advance making sure to mark down specifically where they were put and have a scavenger hunt with prizes on Thanksgiving day. The family will have a blast!
Not every family is active enough to play football but you can also substitute volleyball, badminton or any other low impact sport. We always enjoy playing flag football and letting the youngsters carry the heavy loads. This can lead to a great deal of fun and family togetherness.
Thanksgiving day is all about spending time with one another and creating traditions to pass down from generation to generation. Our family traditions have been going on for decades and they have become extremely special to us. What other fun Thanksgiving traditions can you share with us? Please leave your suggestions in the comments below.