As Kimberly Powell states in her post Top 5 Family Thanksgiving Traditions, “Traditions are a big part of the Thanksgiving holiday, and every American family has their own way of celebrating. From stuff the turkey to taking in a football game …”
Such traditions are part of our heritage. Many of what have become your family’s traditions probably reflect traditional practices that you and/or a spouse grew up with or new traditions created for your new family.
I can tell you that on Thanksgiving my family always has turkey with stuffing (no giblets), mashed potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce (served from a can and in slices) 5 cup salad, a vegetable, and pumpkin pie with cool whip topping just like I always had growing up. After living in the south for many years we added sweet potatoes prepared with brown sugar, marshmallow crème, and spices as a requirement.
Since my mother was born in the UK, we’ve also been known to have Christmas Crackers at Thanksgiving, though more often at Christmas and New Years Eve festivities.
I grew up watching the Macy’s day parade and we have continued to do that, though now afterwards we watch The National Dog Show after my children fell in love with it many years ago.
Some families have traditions of sharing Thanksgiving with parents, siblings, etc. We’ve always lived far enough away from family to not make that practical, although it is a beloved tradition for many.
What are your Thanksgiving traditions?
Are they the traditions of your parents or your grandparents?
Maybe you have traditions with deeper historic roots. We would love to hear about your Thanksgiving traditions and whether they are family traditions or new traditions.
Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared 24 November 2010; image added 2016.
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