5 Thanksgiving Traditions to Start This Year

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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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Top 10 Fun Ideas For The Thanksgiving Season

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we are reminded to be thankful for the good around us.  We needn’t wait for a holiday to celebrate the things we’re thankful for.  Gratitude is good for you, so surround yourselves with your loved ones and start celebrating!  What can you do?  Here are a few fun ideas to get you started.

RAK jarCreate a RAK Jar (Random Acts of Kindness)

Every day, randomly do something kind for someone else.  Write it on a strip of paper and place it in a jar.  By the time Thanksgiving arrives, your family will be brimming with happiness.  Bring the jar out on Thanksgiving day and read the random acts of kindness together.   If you really enjoyed this, try it for a full year.  It’s amazing how much happiness you’ll find when you’re actively being kind or helpful to others.

 

bake memoriesBake Up Memories in the Kitchen

Make a little party or play date out of it.  Everyone brings their favorite Holiday cookie recipe and you make a day of baking, laughing, and loving.  Everyone goes home with a plate of delicious holiday cookies.

 

 

Toasty FireGet Toasty by the Fire

Do you have a fire pit on your patio?  Curl up in warm blankets in front of the fire, sip on hot apple cider or hot chocolate, and roast marshmallows.  Enjoy the last bits of autumn outside.  Too chilly?  Enjoy the fireplace inside!

 

 

Thanksgiving TableclothThanksgiving Celebration Tablecloth

Want a great way to record what you’re thankful for each year?  Buy a plain tablecloth and provide fabric markers for your guests to write what they’re thankful for.  Ask that they sign and date each message.  Use this tablecloth year after year as a family tradition.

 

 

Thank a heroShow Your Gratitude to an Unsung Hero

Get together with your family and decide on a person or a group in your community who could use an extra pat on the back, ie. firefighters, soldiers, police officers, volunteers. Put together a special plate of goodies and deliver it (or pack it up for shipping) as a family.

 

 

Famer marketVisit the Craft Shows, Farmers Markets, and Parades

Plenty of family fun can be had locally.  You can find a list of many events in the Chicagoland area on our Event Calendar.

 

 

VolunteerVolunteer

Spending a holiday with people who are less fortunate tends to remind us to be grateful for all that we have. It’s truly rewarding to help others in need.  HandsOn Suburban Chicago is a great site that helps match those that want to volunteer with opportunities to serve their community.

 

 

Gratitude JournalKeep A Family Gratitude Journal Throughout the Year

Each night, a family member can share something that they are thankful for. Share the highlights of this family tradition at the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day.

 

 

GobbleStart an Exchange with Your Friends, In Your Neighborhood, or at Work

Who doesn’t like a little surprise?  You’ve Been Gobbled! is a fun little exchange where you secretly leave a treat on the doorstep of a neighbor along with the Gobble, Gobble poem that gives simple instructions to keep the game going.

 

 

Thanksgiving GamesPlay a Game

Enjoy a little laughter with your friends and family by playing a fun game.  Turkey Feathers is a fun game the adults and children can enjoy together.  Need more?  Here’s a great list to get you started