November is a great time of year: the leaves are changing, football is in full swing, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This family-focused holiday is often marked by age-old traditions, but perhaps this year you’d like to try something new. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Keep the kids busy
While you’re preparing the feast in the kitchen, kids can help liven up Thanksgiving dinner by making decorations. Break out construction paper and glue sticks and have the kids create turkeys, name cards for the table, or pumpkins and leaves. You can have the guests vote on the most creative designs and award the winner with the first slice of dessert.
A new thank you
We’ve all been to a Thanksgiving dinner where guests go around the table and say what they are thankful for. Switch up this tradition and ask guests to say why they are grateful for the person sitting to their right. Everyone gets a compliment and it’s a fun way to change up this timeless tradition but still share gratitude.
Ask all your guests to pose for a family photo. This is a tradition you can keep up from year to year. A unique way to make this annual custom fun is to ask everyone to sit or stand in the exact same place for the photo each year. Then, at Thanksgiving, you can display these photos and share stories about changing hairstyles or kids that are growing up.
These are just a few ways you can liven up your Thanksgiving gatherings. Try some new ideas or adjust old traditions to add a fresh spin. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!