This Gratitude Dice Game for Thanksgiving is a fun way to get the whole family involved in showing Thanksgiving gratitude.
Go Black Friday Shopping
In the retail world, the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday, when stores often have huge sales that start early in the morning. It’s a great time to snag great Christmas gifts at amazing discounts.
Make it a tradition by going with your kids each year.
Not ready to brave the crowds? Then stay home in your jammies for a virtual Black Friday while you shop online together.
Decorate for Christmas
In our home, it’s a tradition to decorate for Christmas on the day after Thanksgiving.
Turn on the Christmas music, put all the pumpkins away, and spend the day putting out all your holiday decor.
Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
One of my favorite memories from childhood was watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on television. Growing up in a small town, it was amazing to see such a huge parade with amazing floats, balloons, and bands.
Watching the parade on television is an easy activity that is great for kids of all ages.
Who doesn't love pie? Make it a tradition to have a pre-Thanksgiving Pie Night with friends and family. Have everyone bring their favorite pies to share or try out some new recipes. It's a delicious way to kick off the holiday season.
Volunteer in a Soup Kitchen
There is no better way to raise grateful children than to give them opportunities to help others that are less fortunate.
Make volunteering in a kitchen that serves meals to the homeless or a women’s and children’s shelter a Thanksgiving tradition to help others.
Spend some time together as a family putting together blessing bags for the homeless. Fill the bags with toiletries, snacks, gloves, socks, and hand warmers. Keep them in your car to handout around town, or donate them to a homeless shelter.
Family Turkey Trot
Avoid the commute and crowds associated with larger Turkey Trots and instead enjoy a nice stroll with your friends and family!
Set a meeting time and designate the route using sidewalk chalk or large bows tied onto light posts. I could see this one quickly turning from a friendly stroll into an annual competition between siblings!
I originally found the inspiration for ideas when looking for ways to make Valentine’s Day special for my kiddos. When Turkey Day rolled around, it popped back into my head as an easy Thanksgiving tradition to start with my family.
Simply cover a door with butcher paper. I love the rustic look of brown kraft paper; perfect for fall!
Fun Family Thanksgiving Tradition Ideas Everyone Will Love
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Hi, I'm Lauren Tingley; a working, teacher-mom of two who tried to "do it all" and ended up losing myself in the process. Determined to find joy in modern motherhood I discovered simplifying was the answer. Now I share tips for fun family activities, minimalist homemaking and simple parenting advice on Simply Well Balanced for families looking to create more balance in their homes. My ideas and advice has been shared by Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping and Women's First.Read more about me!Or follow me on Pinterest or Instagram
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