Hard to believe it, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner, right around the bend, rapidly approaching, be here before ya know it!
At this time of year I am reminded of traditions. You know, those things that you do every year, without fail. Those things that you make you say "It's just not Thanksgiving without (fill it the blank)"
If you don't already have traditions, maybe it's a good time to start. Maybe it's your first Thanksgiving as a couple, or as a family. Whatever the case, I love traditions and I have always tried to create them and keep them going - against all odds. Maybe I'm crazy, maybe it's silly. All I know is that when certain things don't happen that are part of my traditions, I am left with a little void and a little sad.
There are lots of things that you can do to start traditions and I've listed a few. If you adopt any of these, please let me know. What are your holiday family traditions? What are the little special things that you do that perhaps are unique to you and your family. I'd love to hear your traditions - leave me a comment!
Place cards - let the kids participate
If you have kids, or are having kids over to your home for Thanksgiving, let them participate by asking them to make the place cards for your Thanksgiving table.
Let them use their own imagination, or you could give them your ideas or templates. You can always find printables online. This could become your own tradition and every year the kids make the place cards.
Save them in a scrap book to show them as they grow up!
Here are some place card ideas: click the image or link to get more information. It's easy to come up with your own ideas. You could take those paper fall leaves and write names on them. Look for mini pilgrim hats and write names on them. Or take those mini pumpkins and tie a name tag to the stem. BE CREATIVE! see below for more
Thankful For Tree
If you can get your whole family or all of your guests to do this, it's a wonderful idea.
Have everyone bring an item or something that says what they are thankful for and hang it on a mini tree or some branches in your home. Then save them and do it again next year - see what has changed!
You could have tags already on a tree like this one, and have your guests write it in.
I know it can be hard to get people to these kinds of things, especially the guys, but once done, it's very rewarding. For example you could just bring a photograph of someone, or you could make an ornament that shows what you are thankful for, or write it on a card and punch a hole in it to hang.
Start a Thanksgiving Journal this year. Have your guests write what they are thankful for in your journal. Every year you will add to it. Everyone can participate and in the end you'll have a wonderful keepsake to pass down. I only wish I did this with my family - I guess it's never too late!
Bring an Ornament for the tree
I know, it's only Thanksgiving and I am about to mention Christmas! It's just that I know that the family and friends you'll see on Thanksgiving may not be the same family and friends that you'll see over the next Holiday. So why not have the guests bring an ornament for your tree, or if you don't have a tree, have them bring one that you will hang in the window, or on your mantle, or somewhere in your home. It will always be a reminder of them for you when you see it.
So what are your Thanksgiving traditions? Leave me a comment or post to the Precious Crumbs Facebook page! I want to know what you to do keep traditions alive in your home on Thanksgiving.
Come back next Thursday for part 2 of THANKSGIVING
It's me, just trying to get by.