Thanksgiving Traditions to Try This Year

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Thanksgiving Traditions to Try This Year

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After my husband and I had kids we decided we wanted to try and incorporate our own family traditions into holidays.  The problem was we didn’t really have any.  Over the years of being together, we have developed some, though, and I thought I’d share them with you.  These are some of our Thanksgiving traditions to try this year.

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Every year my husband and several close family member and friends play football on Thanksgiving morning (and I know, you’re thinking why do you let your husband do that while you deal with the kids?) But the thing is, I get to enjoy myself Thanksgiving morning, too… while all the men/boys of the family and friends play football, all the women and young children hang out at our house.  The kids go play in the playroom and destroy my house, while us women have a few mimosas and relax before the chaos of family Thanksgiving dinner begins.

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Each year on Thanksgiving my husbands family draws names for the Christmas gift exchange.  My husbands family is rather large, and instead of us all exchanging gifts, we all draw names to keep the cost of Christmas down.  This is something we all look forward to each year- you never know who you’re going to get, and it’s a lot of fun to start planning for Christmas.

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Something I enjoy each year on Thanksgiving is discussing why we celebrate Thanksgiving with our kids, and asking them what they are thankful for.  I know, I know, it’s nothing crazy unique, but each year its fun to hear what my kids have to say they’re thankful for.  Sometimes it’s something adorable and sweet like “I’m thankful for mommy and daddy and baby sister” and other years it’s something along the lines of “I’m so thankful for WWE Wrestling and John Cena” you just never know what your kids will say, and it’s awesome to hear their little minds.

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The last tradition we have, is not actually on Thanksgiving, but the day after.  And no, I’m not talking about Black Friday shopping (although I do that, too). But we go to a Christmas Lights parade every year the day after Thanksgiving.  It starts after dark and is in a small suburban town of Chicago.  We all gather to see the Christmas Light parade and see Santa brought in on a horse drawn sleigh.  While watching the Macy’s Day parade on television is cool, this is so much more fun and meaningful – I’m sure you can find a similar holiday parade or event in your area with a quick google search.

I know how important family is to you all, just like it is to me, and I suggest you all try these Thanksgiving traditions to try this year.  And, I’d love to hear any of your family traditions on Thanksgiving, so please, let me know what traditions you have!

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