Recently someone in my group of mom friends sent out an email asking what sort of fun Thanksgiving family traditions we all might have to share. There were some really great suggestions that were offered, and since we have no traditions of our own (my family is all over the place, and we have not celebrated very many turkey days together, really), I'm really excited to try some of these starting now. I would also love to hear if you have any Thanksgiving family traditions to share here too, that others might enjoy.
Many people said they go around the table and say what they are thankful for. But one person took it step further: she said her family had a plain table cloth which they used only for this holiday, and every guest, each year, got sharpie markers by their plate so that they could sign the table cloth, and write on there what they were most thankful for that year. She said it was a really nice family heirloom at this point, one that was a constant reminder of all the great things they shared, the good times, and the love of family. I think I'm going to start this right now and I can't wait to see how it turns out!
Another wonderful tradition a friend shared was to have an auction to raise money for a charity. Each guest brings something to auction off (apparently it also became a bit of a contest for who had the silliest thing to auction off, which is fun!). Then whoever got the most cash from their auction item got to chose which charity the total sum of money raised would go to. Even if it's just $20-$40, it's a great way to think of others, help those in need, and be reminded of all the things we are thankful for, together, on this holiday, I think. I'm eager to try this one too.
Do you have any fun Thanksgiving family traditions to share? Will you start any new ones this year?