You can celebrate Thanksgiving in different ways. Some people eat dinner together and share wonderful stories. Others take time to pray and say a few words of gratitude for a good year. Some families play games or do other activities to make the celebration more fun.
There are no universal rules regarding Thanksgiving traditions. You can come up with new family traditions this year. Here are some traditions worth starting.
Buy a family tablecloth
If you want something to remember this Thanksgiving by, you can buy a tablecloth that you will use for this celebration. Ask every member of the family who attends the Thanksgiving to sign the tablecloth. Once the dinner is over, you can take the tablecloth, wipe it clean, and keep it.
Make a small gratitude tree
Before you set up your Christmas tree, you can have a gratitude tree first. Instead of Christmas balls and ornaments, you can hang photos of the most memorable events that happened to you during the year. Each family member can hang a photo and a description on the back. You can have several pictures if you have a lot to be thankful for.
Start a cook-off
If you are inviting several families to come over to your place, you can have a cook-off in your kitchen. You can create categories where the families will compete against each other, and let the kids decide. They can put stars on their favorite dishes. The dishes with the most stars win.
Name the turkey
You can suggest names for the turkey that you will eat for dinner. Everyone can put their suggestions in a secret bowl. Before dinner, pick one winner and say it out loud. The person who suggested the said name will win a prize and have the first slice of the turkey.
Do a charitable act
Thanksgiving is not only about being thankful for what you received, but also about giving back to those who were not as blessed as you. Start a charitable act that you can do in partnership with local organizations. You can volunteer in local centers or conduct a feeding program. You can donate old clothes to charity. You can also raise funds by collecting money from your relatives.
Over the years, you might have always prepared home-cooked meals because it seems like everyone else is doing it. You don’t need to do it anymore if you feel stressed. For a change, instead of cooking at home, you can ask a catering service to cook for you or have dinner in any of the Upper West Side restaurants of your choice. Waiting staff will serve the meal to your family – quality dishes that are tasty. You can also request a turkey dish on the menu.
There are many ways to enjoy Thanksgiving, and starting new family traditions is a good idea. You can keep doing it each year and pass them on to the next generation.