Thanksgiving is right around the corner! This year, why not throw in one or two new activities and see how they are received by your guests? If they are enjoyed, you may have a few fun Thanksgiving traditions for years to come!
Here are some simple tradition-starting ideas that cost virtually nothing but can add a bit more meaning and a few more memories to your Thanksgiving holiday.
- Give back before feasting – Whether it’s running a 5K Turkey Trot that sponsors food bank charities or volunteering to help prepare and serve a hot Thanksgiving meal for a local soup kitchen, giving back to your community has a way of kicking off the holiday season in its intended spirit and yields thankfulness for what you have.
- Create a “What We Are Thankful for Tree” – Gather a few fallen branches from outside and place them in a vase so they resemble a tree. Cut out colorful pieces of paper into shapes of leaves and place them underneath the tree. Invite family and friends to write down anything they feel thankful for. Glue, tape or hang them from the tree and use it as a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving meal as a reflection on the year’s blessings.
- Toast all the way around the table – Invite each person, young and old, to take a moment to toast to “what they are most thankful for this year.” This quickly floods Thanksgiving dinner with a strong sense of gratitude and helps the flow of conversation throughout the meal as special moments are shared, remembered and celebrated.
- Get active after dinner – After the meal has been eaten, and possibly before dessert has been served, gather everyone in your Thanksgiving celebration to enjoy a bit of time being active outside. Grab a glass of hot cocoa and take a nice, long walk around your neighborhood together. Or, host a competitive game of whiffle ball with your family and/or neighbors! It should help stimulate everyone’s metabolism and at the very least will create some great memories.
- Celebrate “Friendsgiving” – Start a tradition with your friends to have a potluck party with all of your Thanksgiving leftovers the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Make it a competition to see who can have the best repurposed leftover dish or turn the gathering into an annual board game tournament! This can be a fun time to reconnect with those close friends after the Thanksgiving holiday.
If you have any unique Thanksgiving holiday traditions that your family celebrates, the UCCU Financial Group would love to hear about them! Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day! You can contact Steve Lloyd at 801.223.7502 to schedule a no-cost appointment with one of our representatives. We look forward to hearing from you!