Like most young families, we are slowly building our own set of family traditions for the holidays. We are trying to incorporate traditions from both of our families, while adding some of our own that fit our family. It makes me so happy to have our kids remembering things from last Thanksgiving and looking forward to doing them again. Harper doesn’t understand the idea of Thanksgiving yet, but it is cute to hear her try to chime in and voice what she is Thankful for – she said Peppa Pig the other night and we could not stop giggling. Today I am sharing some of our favorite traditions and some items we have that make Thanksgiving a little more fun!
Being Thankful – Obviously this is the point of Thanksgiving, but it is important to us to make our kids aware of this early on. We try to do this daily with prayers (tell God one thing you are thankful for), but we try to have more of a discussion with it during Thanksgiving. This Turkey on the Table is a fun, visual way to display what you are thankful for. You write what you are thankful for on the feather and add it to the turkey. We have been taking turns filling out a feather and then discuss it as a family at dinner. I get such a kick out of what the kids say!!
Thanksgiving Stories – I keep a big bin of books associated with each holiday, and then pull them out around their respective season. The older two get excited to see the same books come out from previous years. This Story of Thanksgiving is a great young kid book that explains the first Thanksgiving. I also adore this Giving Thanks book as a cute way to say and show thank-you. My kids’ favorite is the One is a Feast for Mouse and they love seeing him stack his plate 🙂
Fun Kids Table – All three kids get really into this. During November, I try to use their Thanksgiving Dishes for most meals. On Thanksgiving, we have used both a fun table cloth they can doodle on or an activity placemat. Last year, we got these sweet Thankful Placemats and the kids were really cute in filling them out and coloring them. Harper even has fun coloring on them. It also buys you a little more time with them sitting at the table 😉
Thanksgiving Gear – Like most holidays, I love putting the kids in cute holiday gear. Target has these cute Be Thankful Tshirts for only $6!! They also come in a darling onsie. Etsy also has lots of cute thanksgiving shirts that you can personalize. I ordered the girls this cute unicorn shirt 🙂
Get them Involved – Now that they are a little older, it is fun to have them help decide what things we want to repeat and what things we can do without. We started doing a fun run Thanksgiving morning – and the kids LOVE this. It is a fun way for us to get out in the morning before we are lazy the rest of the afternoon. I also asked for their input on some of the sides and desserts we are serving. Elle, especially, is very excited to be able to help cook this year. Hudson has requested that we play football or soccer as a family, and I think that will be really fun to get us all outside Thursday afternoon or Friday 🙂
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is only a week away! I am so so excited for some good food and family time.