By: Jenny Dolph_ Email
By: Jenny Dolph_ Email

In addition to gorging yourself on deliciously juicy turkey, savory mashed potatoes and gravy, and enjoying a slice of pumpkin pie, here are some Thanksgiving traditions to make the holiday a little more welcoming and fun at your house this year.

Thanksgiving is the kick-off (pardon my football pun) to the holiday season, full of family gatherings and festivities. Whether you are hosting a holiday dinner at your home, or attending a different celebration, Christmas and New Years are just around the corner.

There is a lot of decorating for Christmas to be done, and why not take advantage of all of your family being over for a Thanksgiving meal to help share in the fun of putting it all up? Here are some ideas to work off some of that turkey dinner in a fun and creative way:

  • String Christmas lights and set up outdoor decorations
  • Take the family to pick out a Christmas tree, either at the store, or a nearby farm, depending on your preference between "real" and "fake" trees.
  • Decorate the Christmas tree with lights and bulbs. Let whoever prepared the bulk of the meal put the star on top.
  • Set out festive candles and wreaths to enjoy leading up to the next holidays.
  • Let the kids work together at the "child's table" after dinner to make homemade ornaments, string leftover popcorn, or build a gingerbread house.
  • Also, when attending another family member or friend's Thanksgiving dinner, it's always polite to bring something along. Whether it is a bottle of cranberry wine, tasty side dish, or delectable dessert, the thought is appreciated.

    In my family, we always bring along a "Thanksgiving present" for whoever is hosting the dinner. This could be something as simple as a scented candle or special ornament. The idea is to pick something special and inexpensive as a way of showing thanks to a gracious host.

    This provides the host with two forms of enjoyment: a reminder through the rest of the holidays that you are thankful for them, and also a festive treat to get in the Christmas spirit.

    Talk to friends and family about what traditions they enjoy most and create your own special memories together.

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