#Thanksgiving Traditions

I can’t wait for Christmas, and yet I loved reflecting on why Thanksgiving is fantastic.

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Thanksgiving is a favorite time of year for many people- I know I enjoy it. Spending time with people you love (or at least like), eating lots of food, and celebrating the culmination of fall- what’s not to like? I was reflecting on some of the things we do for Thanksgiving each year and I wanted to share some of my favorites.

Each year, I wait for Black Friday, which has a very close relationship with Thanksgiving, to order my Christmas cards. I design them myself (I can adjust this year’s design for you!) and then order them online.  For the last couple of years, I’ve been ordering them from Sam’s Club (I’m a Costco girl, but my parents both have Sam’s Memberships). Why? They are SO dang inexpensive! You can’t beat 100 cards for $15, and they give you the whole weekend to order them…so you may still have time for this year. They do a pretty good job and they include envelopes. I love sending out Christmas cards. One of my favorite Christmas memories (& still today!) is opening Christmas cards that arrive all through the month of December. I even love getting them in January. If you’re on the fence about sending Christmas cards, know that I love them and appreciate the work you put into them.

My next favorite is a Thanksgiving morning tradition- it’s Beignets & Bellinis, which is a pretty sweet one (pun intended). On Thanksgiving Eve, we make beignet dough, which comes together pretty quickly…especially after you’ve had a some wine. The dough likes to chill for a relatively long time, so overnight works best. In the morning, we put on the Macy’s Parade, and make our beignets as we sip bellinis. It’s a family favorite and seems to spread as people hear about it. Look for a fall post in 2017 with my recipes for both and some lessons learned advice!
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The last tradition on my list is one that only happens every other year (when we’re with my husband’s family): The Turkey Bowl. It’s a long-standing tradition in my husband’s family to play a Thanksgiving morning touch football game. The Turkey Bowl has been going on for at least 50 years and some of the original people play- although most of the big deal players are a bit younger now. It’s so fun to get together with a teensy bit of competition, for fun and exercise before the (huge) tasty meal.

It’s wonderful to reflect on what I love about Thanksgiving, because as much as I love Christmas, I don’t decorate until after Thanksgiving. I think it’s important that we keep the focus on gratitude and being thankful for all of the blessings we’ve been given.  It’s nice to realize that Thanksgiving is such a (different) wonderful time of the year.  Although I know I can’t wait to get the Christmas trees up.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?

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