10 Thanksgiving traditions to try with your family this year

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 30, 2014

What better way to get in the holiday spirit than choosing a new Thanksgiving tradition? We’ve rounded up ten memory-making turkey day traditions for the whole family to enjoy.

Turkey Tickets

Turkey Ticket

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Let’s Get Together

A few weeks before Thanksgiving, surprise each family member with a scroll of receipt paper. The longer the better! The instructions? This ticket must be filled out with a list of things each person is grateful for, then turned in to gain admission to Thanksgiving dinner!

Thankful Pumpkins

Thankful Pumpkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Eclectically Vintage

Buy a fake pumpkin, spray paint it white (or your favorite color) and use a Sharpie to write all the things you’re thankful for. Use this as your Thanksgiving centerpiece. Place a mini pumpkin at each place setting and invite guests to express their gratitude too.

Gratitude Rolls

Thanksgiving Crescent Rolls

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Christy Robbins

These fortune cookie-inspired crescent rolls have a surprise inside. As guests arrive for Thanksgiving dinner, ask them to jot down something they’re grateful for. Tuck each tiny paper inside a crescent roll and bake. When everyone gathers for the meal, have them take turns reading their rolls and guessing who wrote the thankful sentiment.

Thankful Placemat

 Thanksful Placemat

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Skies of Parchment

Simple brown kraft paper and a black marker are all you need to make these elegant Thankful Placemats. Snap a photo of each person’s completed placemat for a holiday keepsake you’ll treasure.

Thankful Banner

Thankful Banner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Carina Gardner

Download these free leaf templates and encourage the kids to add to your Thankful Banner through the month of November. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, you’ll have a bountiful display of thanks.

Thankful Chalkboard

 Thankful Chalkboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: 320 Sycamore

If you have a wall to spare, get out the chalkboard paint and create a “thankful chalkboard” for all to enjoy. No chalkboard? No problem. Tape up a big piece of paper and let the kids go crazy with the crayons.

Turkey Bingo

 Turkey Bingo

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Make and Takes

Ask Thanksgiving guests to bring a small gift (think dollar store) for a little game called Turkey Bingo. This timed game involves dice, gift stealing and some unexpected prizes. Sardines, anyone? Get the “official rules” at Make and Takes – or make up your own!

Fall Fun List

 Fall Fun List

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Pureheart

If you’ve ever been on Pinterest, you’ve surely seen plenty of Summer Fun Lists. This year, why not give Fall a “fun list” of its own? Pumpkin bread-baking, leaf-jumping and apple picking are just a few ideas to get you started.

Gratitude Jar

Gratitude Jar

 

 

 

Photo credit: Get Away Today

Set out a jar and an assortment of pens and papers and invite the family to count their blessings. Fill the jar through the month of November, then enjoy reading them together as a family on Thanksgiving Day.

Thankful Tablecloth

Thankful Tablecloth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Blue Cricket Design

Would you believe this fun and functional tablecloth was made with a drop cloth? Add fabric Sharpie markers and your family’s input, and you’ll have the perfect Thanksgiving tablecloth.

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