5 Thanksgiving Traditions to Start This Year

5 thanksgiving traditions to start this year Archadeck of Chicagoland

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with new family traditions?  Here are five ways to make sure your Thanksgiving is festive and full of bonding, laughter, and delicious goodness!

1.  Grill Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Free up your oven, get rid of the mess, and add a delicious smoky flavor to your turkey this year.  Grilling your turkey is a sure fire way to prepare a tender and juicy Thanksgiving entrée!  See recipe…

Grilled Turkey - Thanksgiving Tradition

2.  Decorate the Christmas Tree

Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season.  What better time to start decorating than when you’re surrounded by friends and family?  Break out the carols, the ornaments handed down through the family, the delicious food, and start a tradition this year that will create years of laughter and memories.

5 Thanksgiving Traditions to Start This Year - Family Decorating Christmas Tree

3.  Create a Memory Video

Looking for a creative new way to share favorite memories and thankful moments from the past year? Grab the camera and make a video, going around the table so every person is included.  Don’t forget to include your aspirations for the upcoming year!  Keep the video to play next year before making a new one.  This is a great way to keep and share loving memories with your family.

 Thanksgiving Memory Video

4.  Leave the Phones at the Door

In this fast paced world, we sometimes forget to slow down and enjoy the time spent with our families.  Try going on a Tech Fast this Thanksgiving, and take the time to bond and connect with your friends and family.   Have a basket handy for the phones and ask your guests to join in.  It’s surprising how much time you’ll have when you’re not interrupted with the digital world.  Read more…

 5 Thanksgiving Traditions to Start This Year - Cell Phone Basket

5.  Volunteer for a Local Charity

Give back to your community and help those in need this holiday season.

  • Food Drive – Bring your neighborhood or community together by organizing a food drive to help support your local food pantry or shelter.
  • Donate toys – Bring a smile and a little comfort to a sick child while they are recovering in the hospital.
  • Visit an assisted living home – Make someone’s day by visiting those who are missing their loved ones during the holiday season.

For more ideas on how or where to volunteer, visit HandsOn Suburban Chicago to locate an charity near you.

Food Drive - Thanksgiving Tradition

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DIY: Top 5 Fourth of July Decorations

Make this year’s 4th of July party one to remember with these easy and creative Do-It-Yourself decorations and party favors!

Patriotic Star & Stripes Sign

Bold and beautiful, this patriotic sign may be used as a decorative piece long after 4th of July.

Stars and Stripes Sign- Archadeck of Chicagoland

4th of July Jar Candle

Quick and easy, this fun craft is perfect for all ages.  Place around the edges of your deck or patio to create a soft glow for your nighttime lighting.

4th of July Jar Candle - Archadeck of Chicagoland

Fabulous Faux Firecrackers

Festive center pieces your guests will love!

Fabulous Faux Firecrackers - Archadeck of Chicagoland

Patriotic Party Favor Bags

Patriotic party favor bags your guests will be able to use time and again.

Patriotic Party Favor Bags- Archadeck of Chicagoland

4th of July Glow Stick Party Favors

Quick and easy party favors your guests can use during firework celebrations.

Glow Stick Party Favors- Archadeck of Chicagoland

 

Looking for tasty 4th of July recipes?  Click Here!