Thanksgiving is a special time for many people, and although it’s often centered around the table for a feast with family and friends, it’s overall associated with joy, gratitude, and togetherness. Also as the official start of the Holiday Season, which really kicks into gear the following morning on the mecca of shopping days being the ever so sought after deals of Black Friday. But most of all Thanksgiving is often a time when families come together to celebrate and create lasting memories. Time to see loved ones who have made their homes in other places. Time to make time to slow down from daily life and put in the effort to visit those who we don’t normally see throughout the year. Time for cousins to reunite, learn about each other’s lives and hopefully get reacquainted. During this time there are many family traditions that can add a special touch to the holiday, making it even more meaningful. Here are some of the main points to keep in mind this Thanksgiving, and take from or add to to make your future family traditions to be carried on for years to come.

Family and Friends: Many people look forward to reuniting with family and friends during Thanksgiving. The holiday provides an opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones, share stories, and strengthen bonds.

Feast and Food: Oh the food! Thanksgiving is synonymous with a delicious feast. But many people enjoy the time of preparing and sharing stories while making a special meal of traditional dishes like roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.

Traditions: Whether it’s starting the morning by everyone in the living room watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, playing a game of touch football, or sharing what you’re thankful for around the table, activities and time spent together adds a sense of continuity and joy to the holiday.

Gratitude: Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things we are grateful for in our lives. Expressing gratitude brings not only a sense of contentment and joy, but also allows everyone to “Catch up” on each other’s lives.

Forced Relaxation: whether it’s due to overeating or the tryptophan in the turkey, relaxation is a must and Thanksgiving often provides that break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It’s a time to relax, reflect, and appreciate the simple joys of being together.

Decorations: Many people enjoy decorating their homes with autumnal and Thanksgiving-themed decorations. Then it is onto Christmas, which some traditions include starting the Christmas decorating Thanksgiving night or early the next day … .that is if they are not at Black Friday sales waiting in line at 4:00am.

Community: Some people find joy in giving back to the community during Thanksgiving. Volunteering at a local charity or participating in community events can be a rewarding way to celebrate the holiday.

Expressions of Love and Kindness: Thanksgiving is a time when people often express their love and appreciation for one another. Simple acts of kindness and heartfelt words can contribute to the joy of the holiday and well beyond. It’s also a great time to say thank you or I’m sorry to someone’s feelings that you may have hurt in the past. A great way to get a fresh start.

Thanksgiving often creates lasting memories. Whether it’s a funny family story, a memorable meal, or a shared activity, these moments contribute to the joy of the holiday. Overall, the joys of Thanksgiving stem from the combination of gratitude, connection with loved ones, delicious food, traditions, and a spirit of giving. It’s a time to appreciate the positive aspects of life and create lasting memories with those we care about.

Remember, the most important aspect of these traditions is the time spent together. So, regardless of how you do it, what you eat or how you enjoy the day, the important part is creating that sense of connection across generations.

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