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5 Thanksgiving Traditions to Start with Your Kids

Nov 18, 2016

Thanksgiving is full of traditions – turkey, pumpkin pie, and of course, quality time with family and friends. If you’re looking to add or begin new traditions, here are 5 you can start to spice up the holiday.

Let your kids help in the kitchen

Thanksgiving Day can be stressful – there’s so much to do in so little time, but if your child wants to help in the kitchen, let them! Whether they season the turkey or test taste the gravy, they’ll enjoy being a part of the big day. Plus it will help them realize how much work you do to make the day so special! Check out these kid friendly recipes your child could make for the festivities.

Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

As a child, I loved waking up early to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Every year it features awe-inspiring floats and entertaining performers. Get up early, snuggle up on the couch and watch the parade with your kids. It will be a great start to your day and something your child can look forward to Thanksgiving morning.

Make a Thanksgiving craft

What better way to bring in the holiday than craft time with your child? From turkey hats to place mats, there are plenty of things to make! You can share history about the day and use their adorable creations for years to come. Click here for craft ideas and directions.

Play a family friendly game

Football on Thanksgiving Day has become a tradition for many families – but it typically invovles watching the games on TV. Why not burn off some of your dinner and start a game of your own? Your child will make more memories that way.

Not a fan of football? Choose an activity the whole family will love. Play a game of kickball,  engage in tug of war, or even try Thanksgiving Bingo! It will bring much more laughter and bonding to your celebration each year.

Have your child give thanks

Teach your child what Thanksgiving is truly about – giving thanks. Go around the table, listen to what everyone is thankful for and encourage your child to do the same. Keep a journal of what everyone says to look back on year after year. This tradition will remind every member of the family to appreciate one another and value the meaning of Thanksgiving Day.

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