25 of the Best Thanksgiving Traditions for Families

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that feels like it is passed by. Halloween has grown into a crazy holiday and Christmas seems to start before Halloween is over. The thing about Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving traditions is it is all about family…and good food of course. The turkey might be the star but what we all love is the side dishes!

There isn’t much to buy, the dinner can be simple or elaborate – it’s just about who you are with and the family memories and creating traditions.

I know we all have our Thanksgiving traditions but maybe this year you are looking for something new to include. Possibly your family dynamics have changed and you need to change things up a little. I know this has been true for my family in recent years.

So, I have come up with a few suggestions on what you might do to change up your Thanksgiving traditions or make new ones the family will repeat next year!

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with pumpkin pie and homemade breads along with the traditional turkey dinner!


25 of the Best Thanksgiving Traditions for Families

    1. Make a Toast about all that the family is thankful for from the past year.
    2. Have the Kids Say Grace
    3. Have Guests Bring New Wines to Taste
    4. Share What You’re Thankful For With These Conversation Starter Cards
    5. Treat Yourself and Opt to Dine Out at a Local Restaurant – bonus…no dishes
    6. After Dinner Serve Hot Toddies or Cider Around a Fire
    7. Prepare Foods from Around the World
    8. Volunteer to Serve Thanksgiving Dinner Together at a Shelter
    9. Family Thanksgiving Olympic Games or have a tournament using board games.
    10. Use These Free Printable Card so the Kids can Create a Be Thankful Jar Weeks Leading Up to Thanksgiving. Use these Free Printable Cards for the Kids to write on
    11. Eat Early and Head to the Movie Theater
    12. Take Polaroid Pictures for Each Guest to Take Home
    13. A Kiddie Craft Table: Have craft supplies on hand to make one of these Turkey Craft Projects
    14. Have a Turkey Cupcake Decorating Contest…See 17 Thanksgiving Cupcake Ideas Here
    15. Black Friday Shopping
    16. Make a Wish Using the Wishbone
    17. Watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV
    18. Light Candles to Honor a Lost Loved One
    19. Play Christmas Music
    20. Everyone Contribute to Packing a Food Box for a Family in Need
    21. Host a Thanksgiving Murder Mystery Dinner
    22. Scavenger Hunt for the Kiddo’s
    23. Take a Nature Walk and Collect Things to Make a Centerpiece
    24. Watch Football & Serve Game Day Foods Instead
    25. Host a Storybook Reading for the Little Ones

Take a walk and enjoy the great outdoors on Thanksgiving with the family!

Here are a few other Thanksgiving Ideas to make your holiday special!

Glitter Top Pumpkin Place Cards

17 Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Thanksgiving Juice Box Covers Free Printables

Count Your Blessing Free Printable Art

DIY Leaf Napkin Ring

14 Turkey Crafts

Free Printable Pumpkin Place Cards Decorations

Printable Thanksgiving Recipe Cards

Be Thankful Jar for Kids – Includes Free Printable Cards


Create lasting memories the family will love Like this traditional turkey thanksgiving dinner.


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Susan B

Susan B

Hi, I’m Susan! Thanks for stopping by Oh My! Creative. I like to have fun, make fun things…you know, create stuff! I love DIY, decorating and design and like any girl…shopping and lunch!
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