Ten Thanksgiving Traditions that you Should Definitely Try this year!
Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that you either LOVE or you can kinda sorta do without. But even so, for most of us, it is the one time a year that we can get together with our families and closest friends to share a meal and some laughs. One of the best things about spending this time with loved ones are the traditions that you build along the way. I'm sharing a few of my favorite traditions that I've either experienced myself or have heard about from others. I hope that for this holiday season you get to enjoy some old and new traditions! 1. Binge watch a new show or a new one. After the Macy's Thanksgiving parade, turn on a favorite or new show! You can start this at any time during the day but whatever you decide to do, make sure that it's a show that everyone will enjoy. 2. Celebrate everyone's birthday. Bake or buy (no judgment!) a cake and celebrate everyone's birthday. This is especially fun if you only get to see your guests during the holidays. 3. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. It is an amazing feeling when you get to help others that are in need. Volunteer at any local kitchen or organization that is serving food to those that are less fortunate. The kitchen will always appreciate your time and those eating there will too. 4. Try a Turkey Trot. I know, running is not the first thing you think of when you think about Thanksgiving but why not try something new?! The food will be oh so satisfying after a nice 5k. 5. Keepsake Tablecloth. Use a white tablecloth and permanent markers to write down all the things that you are thankful for this past year. Wash the tablecloth on the gentle cycle and store it away for the next year. Bring it back out the following year and do it all over again. Take the time to reflect on any changes, whether good or bad, and challenge yourself to do better. 6. Create crafts with the kids! Either before, during or after dinner, this will be a fun way to connect with your littles. Go the extra step and display their work of art for all your guests to see! 7. Take a Thanksgiving family trip. You can stay as close or travel as far from home as you'd like to or are able to. The time away as a family will surely help with bonding time. 8. Toast all around. Before dinner starts, take the time to go around the table, and have everyone mention at least three things of what or why they are thankful for this year. 9. Leftover Party. This is perfect for a Friendsgiving the day or weekend after Thanksgiving. Get together to share some of your Thanksgiving leftovers and some laughs or family horror stories! 10. Squeeze in a little alone time. Yes, of course you want to spend time with your loved ones, but the day can be so exhausting and overwhelming that you may end up not fully enjoying your day. Go for a hike, get your nails done, or just take a nap. Anything you need to do to recharge. Shit happens, and life can become very unpredictable but try to remember that this is just one moment in time and if you're up for the challenge, things will change for the better. Whatever you decide to do or wherever you decide to go for this holiday season, always be grateful for the things that you do have and have been able to accomplish. Happy Thanksgiving, Loves! Wife and mother of two young children, Von Marie Moniz is the Event Planner and Owner of Lovely Events by Von. Clients love her bubbly personality and attention to detail. Planning is what she does, relaxing and enjoying yourself is what you will be doing when you hire Von for your next event. #familytime #family #friends #lovedones #love #dinner #holiday #holidays #thanksgiving #thanksgivingdinner #thanksgivngleftovers #gathering #planning #dinnerplans