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What Are Your Thanksgiving Family Traditions?

Traci Taylor

When I think back to Thanksgiving as a kid, I’m filled with memories of my grandma’s candied yams that melted in my mouth and my grandpa’s gravy that he’d make in mass quantity- it was so good that we kids would sneak tastes of it with our fingers when we thought nobody was looking, but we always got caught.

I remember the sound of leaves crunching under my feet as I’d run around my grandparent’s yard and the warmth of the fire in front of which I’d cozy up after a big meal.  I remember that it was one of the few days that the kids were allowed to sit at the “big people” table in the formal dining room.  I remember laughter and togetherness.  We weren’t distracted by computers or cell phones or the TV.  It was just us, together and making memories.

Most of all though, when I think of Thanksgiving, I think of our family tradition of making gingerbread houses.  I don’t know who came up with the idea, but it was explained to me when I was older that the purpose was to keep us kids from being under foot while the grownups prepared the meal.  We would sit at the table and create gingerbread houses and somehow it always became a competition to see who could make the best house or who could get through the whole craft without eating all of their candy before their house was finished.

My husband and I are first time parents to a sweet little boy and we’re looking to make new traditions for our family and would love some suggestions. Is there something special that you and your family/friends do together ever year for Thanksgiving that you think my family would also love? Be sure to leave a comment below- I can’t wait to hear your ideas!

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