Thanksgiving Traditions 2016
The holiday season is upon us. In the days and weeks to come, we will be bombarded with Christmas ads, shopping specials, Black Friday sales, and a whole lot of food. But the holidays offer us so much more. Memories and fun. Stories and laughter. And of course, holiday traditions.
The holidays are packed with traditions, and like most, the Higham's have their fair share. In fact, I often wonder what the holidays would be like without traditions. Today, we're sharing three of our favorite Thanksgiving day traditions.
Thanksgiving Dinner Helpers
A newer Tradition that has become part of our day, involves the kids helping with the dinner meal preparation. Just a couple of years ago, we discovered that each of our kids had their favorite dinner item. From the decorative candy place settings to the pumpkin pie for dessert; each one looked forward to something. Then Amy had an idea to involve the kids with the dinner prep, by asking what they love the most. She then had each kid help her with that dish of the meal. For instance, our oldest loves Amy's sausage stuffing (which we all really love) so now, each year, he helps to brown the sausage, cut the bread, and prepare the flavoring.
We accomplish a couple of thing with this. 1. Amy gets some help in the kitchen. 2. We involve our kids with dinner beyond just eating it. 3. It creates intentional one on one time. 4. It hopefully provides the opportunity to for new memories. 5. It teaching and passes down cooking and recipes!
Now we wouldn't recommend having the kids around the stove while they are super young, but even our youngest helps by making our candy place settings and table decorations.
The Official Kick Off for Christmas
We like to slow down and enjoy our Thanksgiving holiday. For the most part, we stay home and just enjoy some much needed family time. We play games, watch football and relax. But more than just being Thankful, Thanksgiving is the turning point of our year. While it's no longer a hard and fast rule, the day after Thanksgiving is the first day of our Christmas celebration.
So every year, the weekend after Thanksgiving, we pull out the Christmas decorations and we begin filling up the house with all of our favorite Christmas decor! The tree, the lights, the ornaments, the holiday decor, and of course the Christmas music and movies. It all comes out.
So what are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Do you have special meal time activities? Do you go "home" to be with family? Comment below and share your traditions!
- the higham family
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