Thanksgiving Holiday – Make it Memorable

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, I am planning my Thanksgiving dinner menu.  I have been hosting Thanksgiving for my family for over 20 years.  We have hosted in different locations and states due to our moving around a bit, but each one is special.  I still remember my first turkey in our first home 27 years ago.

The day takes so much planning and work, and before you know it, the day is gone and we are pouring over the Black Friday ads.  What I wanted to share with you are a few things that I have found that can make Thanksgiving dinner a little more memorable.

  • Thankgsgiving Leaves – Have each family member write or say what they are thankful for this year on a leaf.  Be sure you add the year to the leaf and use the leaves to decorate your holiday table.  You can laminate the leaves and bring them out each year.   The number will grow each year, but it is nice to see that happen.  I recommend using cardstock as it does not fade as easily as construction paper.

  • Photos – Be sure to take a photo of the table and the people that are at your dinner.  I know that if your family is like mine, they may groan a bit, but trust me, later you will be glad you did.  I keep a scrapbook of holidays with the photos from over the years.
  • Decorations – Get the kids involved in decorating placemats, making decorations and place cards.  I still have some decorations that the kids made years ago.
  • Activities – Play games or go on a walk together, or better yet do both.  Make a tournament and get the kids involved in the preparation.  Our family plays Bingo every year and the winner gets a scratch off lottery ticket.  No one has ever won anything substantial, but that does not really matter.  It is a great time to have some fun and play!

What are your family’s Thanksgiving Traditions?

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18 Comments on “Thanksgiving Holiday – Make it Memorable”

  1. Food Stories
    November 8, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    I love your Thanksgiving leaf idea 🙂

  2. November 8, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    In the past we’d sit around and eat, then everyone would be glued to the TV. I really hate that tradition, btw 😉 LOL… this year my SO and I are attempting our first Turkey and creating our own traditions.

  3. November 8, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    You have wonderful ideas for making Thanksgiving a memorable time. I found a couple of ideas I will add to our holiday this year:) Thanks for sharing.

  4. November 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    The leaves are a great idea! My sister in law is hosting for the first time this year and had been calling me nonstop for ideas to make dinner extra special. This will be on the list!

    Strive to Thrive,

  5. November 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    We have family coming from Indiana to Arkansas this year. I always see this as a special time for families to be together. It is such a long drive (about 14 hours) for such a short weekend, but I am really thankful. AND, to top that all off, I was supposed to work on Thanksgiving (I work in a hospital). I got a text from my boss letting me know that someone else wanted to work and wanted to know if I wanted the day off!!! I think it will be a great holiday!! Happy Friendship Friday to you!!!


  6. November 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    These are so sweet and what a wonderful way to start a conversation about what everyone is thankful for.

  7. November 9, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Great idea to start a thankful convo!! Pretty colors too :o)

    Thanks for partying with us this week at Keep Calm & Link Up!! Happy Friday!!
    xo, Meredith @

  8. November 9, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    What great ideas! Thanks for giving some family fun ideas!

  9. November 10, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    Being a new momma we are searching to create some holiday traditions as a family. Thank you for sharing and for linking up to the Empowered Living hop, hope to see you again.

    • November 10, 2012 at 7:34 am #

      Thank you for your comment Jesse, I will be back 🙂

  10. November 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    This will be the first time we’ve stayed home and had our own Thanksgiving in quite a while. We’re all excited and my kids are old enough to really help with food. My favorite thing on any holiday is to relax. Good food, movies, games, and the people I love. Plus a nap for anyone getting grumpy.

    Happy Sharefest. Have a great weekend. And a happy Thanksgiving.

    • November 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

      That is gerat that the kids are able to help you! Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a nice Thanksgiving too! LOL about the naps.


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