Fun Thanksgiving Traditions

One of the most underrated family holidays is Thanksgiving.  Sure, everyone knows about eating turkey and watching the football games on this November holiday, but there aren't too many other things heavily associated with Thanksgiving.  You have the chance to turn it into a really fun family holiday and creating some long-lasting traditions that will survive the generations.  Need some ideas?  Try out any of these with your family -- and don't hesitate to drop the ones that just don't work!

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Much like many people have a viewing of "It's a Wonderful Life" or the more recent classic "Elf" during the Christmas season, you can watch a Thanksgiving movie with your family.  "Home for the Holidays," directed by Jodie Foster, is a hilarious look at how family dinners can go oh-so-wrong.  Of course, there's "Miracle on 34th Street," which centers around the holiday; and you can try "Pieces of April," if you have a more mature audience, about a family's black sheep and her attempts to reunite the family over Thanksgiving dinner.

Sure, it's nice to have some traditional meal elements, but wouldn't it be a crazy adventure to have an uncoordinated potluck meal?  Whether you include the entire extended family or just have your immediate family members participate, this is tons of fun.  Everyone is assigned a general food category (like entrée, dessert, appetizer, etc.), and then everyone brings what they want.  None of it will match, which will make it an adventure to decide what to eat!

If you've ever played the five word story game, you'll know how hilarious the results can be when a group of people tries to tell a tale together.  Turkey Tale is the Thanksgiving version of that game: cut out tons of hand "turkeys" from construction paper and stack them on the table.  Have enough pens for everyone.  Someone starts by writing five words on a turkey and then passing it to the next person, who reads those words and writes five new ones, then tucks the first turkey behind theirs and passes it to the next person and so on until an entire chain is made.  Then you can lay them out like a bunch of turkeys in a row and read the story off.

Thankfulness is the theme of the holiday, so if you're in the spirit, make a thankfulness chain.  Cut a bunch of paper strips and have your family write things they're thankful for on the strips before stapling them together into a paper chain.  See how long you can get the chain to be -- then, throughout the rest of the year, tear one off and make it a point to be grateful about that particular thing each day.

What kinds of unusual Thanksgiving traditions do you have with your family?  Share them here with us in the comments!


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