Fun Family Traditions to Start This Thanksgiving

Make your holiday all the more special with these new traditions
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Make your Thanksgiving extra special with these traditions. You can even start this year!

No holiday would be complete without family traditions, and Thanksgiving is obviously no exception. While Christmas has the classic decking of the halls, Fourth of July has fireworks, and Easter has an egg hunt, trying to think of family activities for Turkey Day isn’t quite as easy. There’s food, there’s family, and… what else?

Whether you’re just growing your family or starting anew in a different city with new friends, you should absolutely start your own Thanksgiving traditions to make the holiday all the more special. We’ve gathered together a few ideas that you can start even this year (it’s not too late). Check below for some inspiration on Thanksgiving traditions:

Kick Off the Day With Breakfast

There are few things more satisfying on Thanksgiving than watching the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Turn the program into a full-blown family activity by making a little (boozy) breakfast. Cook something easy, like cinnamon rolls or breakfast casserole, and don’t forget the mimosas or a classic Irish coffee. Light a fire, eat on the couch, and enjoy your Thanksgiving morning as much as you enjoy your evening!

Run a Turkey Trot

There’s no denying that Thanksgiving is a calorie-heavy holiday. Work up an appetite and burn off some necessary calories by running a holiday 5K, often called a turkey trot, on Thanksgiving morning. Make sure to wear some cold weather running gear, get the whole family together, and race! Not only will running in the morning help you feel better about all of that turkey and stuffing you’ll be eating later, but it can be a fun competition to see who runs the fastest time.

Play Games

Your Thanksgiving celebration doesn’t have to consist solely of visiting with friends and relatives. Shake up your holiday a little bit by playing a few games. Whether you decide to go with a classic round of backyard football or get creative with some holiday-themed games, get the whole family involved in some sort of activity to pass the time and get active.

End Your Night With a Holiday Movie


If you haven’t already been celebrating Christmas all November, kick off the holiday season by watching one of your favorite seasonal specials. Snuggle up with some leftover pumpkin pie and a big, fluffy blanket and laugh with Christmas Vacation, get nostalgic with a classic such as Miracle on 34th Street, or have a family-friendly adventure with Frosty the Snowman. The transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas could not be more seamless.