Setting & Continuing Thanksgiving Traditions

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Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday! I love the great food with unrestricted access. LOL. As a kid, I always wanted to have the movie worthy Thanksgiving celebration, but found that sometimes (most times) real life didn’t work quite that way. Instead, families and friends create their own traditions. Years ago my family introduced a giant Thanksgiving breakfast to “tide us over” until the feast later in the day. It’s one of the things I’ve tried to maintain for my children – making sure there is a huge time of gathering early in the day before all of the guests, visiting and festivities begin to happen. Other traditions for our family include the preparation of many pieces of the meal in the days before Thanksgiving Day. We play games and watch movies after the meal and circle back for ham and pound cake later in the evening. Sweet potato pie and leftover dressing become acceptable breakfast choices in the days that follow. While it may not be like on tv, it is certainly something that we can call ours. More than that, it’s creating memories that my children will have to either continue, add to, or change all together. But it gives them somewhere to start.

What Thanksgiving traditions do you share with your children?

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