Tried and True Thanksgiving Traditions

thanksgiving traditions

Thanksgiving’s next week and as we’re putting the final touches on our own family plans, we’ve been thinking a lot about traditions. We love that holidays look so different from household to household, but that some traditions manage to find their way into the cultural fabric of how a holiday is celebrated. So today, as we’re prepping our Thankful For lists and finalizing the menus and grocery lists, we thought we’d take a moment to share some of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions with you.

Macy’s Parade

With fresh-baked cinnamon rolls and a fresh, hot cup of coffee, our favorite first-thing-in-the-morning Thanksgiving tradition is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s the official pop culture handoff from Thanksgiving to Christmas season and we love every minute of it.

The Classic Dishes

It’s fun to try a little something different every year, but the classics are classics for a reason. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans. It’s hard to pick a favorite, so we don’t even try. There’s room for a little bit of everything on our Thanksgiving plates, and we love to incorporate as many of the fan favorites into our family’s meal as possible.

Break the Wishbone

Once the meal’s all done and cleanup has begun, the war for the wishbone is a classic tradition. It’s the perfect way to start the last part of the year, if you ask us. A wish, something to get your heart’s desires rolling for the end of 2019 and get you thinking ahead to what you might want to accomplish in 2020.

A Post-Meal Movie

It goes hand in hand with the post-meal nap we all want to take, right? If you have an entertainment room, turn the lights down low and pop in your favorite Christmas movie, or have everyone gather around the living room television for whatever your family loves to watch this time of year best. Having it on the background with a lower volume is a great way to entertain everyone without stopping the flow of conversation, and it makes a great white-noise machine for those who are undoubtedly headed to snooze-town.

Sharing Gratitude

This, really, is the reason for the season. It’s right there in the name of the holiday. It’s a tradition we believe should be at every Thanksgiving celebration. Really, a gratitude practice is something that could stand to be in everyone’s daily lives with more intention, but Thanksgiving is a great start. Taking a little time out to go around the room and share something you’re thankful for in the past year, or even a few things, is such a beautiful moment.

Pie, All the Pie

Just when you thought pumpkin season might be coming to a close, think again. There is no better Thanksgiving dessert than a fresh-baked pumpkin pie. But, you know, we’ll accept pecan and apple, too. Anything that tastes like fall is a-okay in our books.

However you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, make sure to snap some photos and capture the memories to look back on fondly when the family goes their separate ways. Or, you can always start a new holiday tradition with a family photo session. Happy Thanksgiving from the Monty Nuss crew!