New Gratitude Traditions to Add to Thanksgiving
Even if your family is in the habit of sitting around the Thanksgiving table and sharing what you are grateful for this year, we think this is the perfect year to expand your gratitude theme into new turkey day traditions. Try some of these ideas (many of which can be done virtually!) from The Spruce:
Pass the gratitude basket: Give everyone a sheet of paper and a pencil. Then ask each person to write down one thing that makes them feel grateful and put it into a basket. Pass the basket around the table and have everyone read another person’s paper, followed by the group guessing who wrote it.
Thanksgiving show and tell: Ask everyone to bring along something that reflects what they are thankful for that year. Then each person, in turn, can share it with the group and tell their story. It might be an item, a photo, a song, or any other item that illustrates their point.
Read a story about Thanksgiving: Read a Thanksgiving book as a group. You can choose whether to read a historically accurate retelling of the original Thanksgiving, fictional stories about the day, or a book about ways for families to give thanks.
Have a Thanksgiving sing-along: Download and sing some kid-friendly songs about Thanksgiving that include old favorites as well as songs sung by contemporary artists for children.
Play a Thanksgiving memory game: Go around the table and ask each person to name something that makes them feel thankful, but with a catch. Each individual must repeat the thanks of all the people who preceded them before adding their thanks to the list.
Express gratitude for each other: Go around the table and invite each person to say why they’re thankful for the person sitting next to them. It can be the person on their right, left, or even both sides.
Make a Thanksgiving scrapbook: Take a blank scrapbook and each year put in photos of the family and friends gathered that year; photos of all of the food served; add notes about special things that happened that day; recipes for the dishes and notes about who created each dish. Ask each person to write in the book what they are thankful for that year.
Reminisce about previous years: Take out the Thanksgiving scrapbook and leave it within easy reach for everyone to enjoy reading and discussing favorite memories from past years.
Grab more great ideas here.