Thanksgiving Traditions

Every household has different Thanksgiving Day traditions.

Some of these may include:

  • Gathering with family and friends for a Thanksgiving feast
  • Offering a prayer over the food and giving thanks for what we have
  • Thanksgiving dinner that includes several items, including a turkey
  • Playing or watching football
  • Watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade

These are just a few of the traditions my family has.

What traditions does your family have?


  1. I love Thanksgiving, and since it's pretty much the only time of year I eat turkey (don't know why I only like it on this one day), I love preparing the meal and of course eating it! So the main tradition for us is eating! lol

    We also offer our thanks and blessings…there is so much to be thankful for indeed. Maybe it sounds weird, but I like to include family members and friends no longer with us in the celebration. So, what I do for Thanksgiving or Christmas or Easter is that I bring photos of grandparents and whoever else, even some pets who were part of the family, and display them in the dinning area. I also light some candles, usually have some flowers around, and when we toast, we toast to all who are with us in life and also in spirit. To me this creates a sense of continuity, and also gives us a chance to be grateful for all the relationships in our lives. Sometimes we can get a bit emotional, but we always laugh and tell stories we remebember, and I hope my kids will continue to appreciate the importance of family and keeping the memory of loved ones very much alive. Then again, maybe I'm just weird. 🙂

    1. Weird? You? Never! LOL!! Seriously, though, I really don’t think you’re weird. I think that this is a beautiful tradition that needs to be done by more homes! Those stories that you tell to your children will now be passed down to the next generation. If you didn’t do this and if you didn’t share your stories with your children, then those memories would die with you.

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