There is more to the day than a big meal and football. We asked Cozi families to share unique Thanksgiving traditions and here is what they do on Thanksgiving Day to create lasting memories:
Olives, anyone? More than one family we surveyed said that eating olives is a must-have food for the day. Another family fights over who gets the turnips. And don't forget the wishbone tradition: two lucky guests - often little kids - each grab one half of the turkey wishbone and break it in half. Whoever ends up with the bigger half has their wish come true!
We also heard from a lot of families who make it a tradition to go anti-turkey - pardoning the turkey and instead serving fried chicken, lasagna, ribs, brats, or keeping the kitchen clean and heading out to a restaurant.
We heard about the Thankful Tree - a fun craft to showcase what everyone is thankful for, and one that doubles as a Thanksgiving craft and decoration! Here's how to make one: cut out individual leaves from paper, and have each person write what they are thankful for on a leaf. Attach the leaves to a small tree branch, a paper cutout of a tree, or to the wall in the shape of a tree. One family saves the leaves from year to year to spark another Thanksgiving activity: reminiscing about Thanksgivings past.
Other ways of showing thanks were attending church to show thankfulness to God and to work with others to give back to the community. And, of course, going around the dinner table taking turns expressing what each person in thankful for.
Christmas is Only One Month Away, Right?
Not to be too far behind the in-store displays, lots of families use Thanksgiving as the day to start "putting up" Christmas. We heard from families who set the table with Christmas dishes and tablecloth, sing Christmas carols, start on the Christmas cards, and put up the Christmas tree. Most popular Christmas-related activity on Thanksgiving? Exchanging gift lists and organizing the Secret Santa exchanges.
Crafts, Games, Activities
The traditional crafts we heard about were especially well-suited to getting the guests and children involved. Families mentioned the Thankful Tree, having the kids make personalized place mats and having guests sign the tablecloth. For pointers and pictures of Thanksgiving craft ideas, head over to Make and Takes.
Games were high on the list of traditional activities for Thanksgiving. We heard about various board games, a Twister tournament, cards, the dice game Left Right Center, Thanksgiving Olympics, and question and answer games.
And it's not winter yet, so families are also heading outdoors on Thanksgiving to participate in a community race (lots of Turkey Trotters out there!), hiking, camping and hunting.
Fun ideas, right? Tell us about YOUR family Thanksgiving tradition in the comments, or a tradition you're planning to start this year.
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