Traditions

Ahhh, Thanksgiving is TOMORROW! That is seriously hard to believe. This time tomorrow I'll be watching the parade before heading off to my Mamaw's for some delicious food and time with the family. This week Jared and I were talking about certain holiday traditions we have, or the ones that have changed over the years, and it seems like ALL of them have changed. I guess that's part of the whole "we're adults" now thing, especially when our family grows yearly, it seems. Traditions get mixed up, old ones are forgotten and new ones are created.
Thanksgiving, 2011.
This year will be a first Thanksgiving we don't spend time with Jared's family, which seems so strange. They won't be in town this year, but will be here for Christmas, thankfully! Normally on Thanksgiving Jared and I stuff our faces with my family all afternoon, take a quick breath, jump in the car and drive to a dinner with his family. It will be nice to maybe only eat half the calories I did last year. Maybe. ;)

I'm just in a holiday/thankful/traditions/family mood today so I asked my 'family' of blog sponsors to share some of their traditions and memories of Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did, and be sure to stop by their blog and spread a little holiday love!

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Chelsea. A Little Bit of Heaven with a Wild Side
Our traditions revolve around football, competitiveness and basically laughing until our sides hurt. Every year, we go to my grandparent's house to eat. After dinner, we watch football and have a big Euchre tournament. This gets INTENSE because my family is so competitive and we are always coming up with outrageous handshakes and victory dances. All in all, our Thanksgiving is a blast!! 
Kayla. Keeping Up With K
As a Canadian, I celebrated Thanksgiving over a month ago (crazy, right?!) Thanksgivings past used to be a HUGE family affair with my immediate family, grandparents, cousins, aunts/uncles. etc. all gathered together in a tiny little house for supper. Now that our families have grown we all celebrate Thanksgiving with just our immediate families. This year my family had a delicious turkey supper with all the fixings, and then had a family movie night and watched 'The Conjuring' (and I screamed like a baby the entire movie...) We're definitely not the typical family but we wouldn't have it any other way! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 
Jess. Being Mrs. Beer
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and always has been.  I don't think our celebration is too different from others...except that my sisters and I are pretty fanatical about the parade, and always watch it together. We record it and have been known to rewatch it from the beginning in one of us has missed any. Since we won't head to my mom's until midday this year, we'll likely restart it when I get there. I mean, how can you not love the giant balloons and all the floats? I'm hoping my daughter gets the same love for it as I do, especially since my husband doesn't (silly boys)!

What are some favorite Thanksgiving traditions you have done in the past, have started, or want to start one day with your family??

17 comments

  1. Hmmm I thought only people from the south called them Mamaw's. :)

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  2. Yeah! We also end up normally driving to his family here then mine an hour away in VA - it's quite chaotic!

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving my friend! Stuff that pretty little face with all the calories you want - just don't drink any Mountain Dew. :) xo.

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  4. Our holidays involve a tour of the Midwest - we live in the Twin Cities, my family lives in Milwaukee, and my husband's lives in the Chicago area. The traveling itself is exhausting, but once we're there; we always have fun!

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    1. That does sound exhausting! The holiday traveling/driving always stresses me out a little bit, but like you said- we always have fun so it's worth it! :)

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  5. Our traditions seem to be different every year! But one thing that stays the same is my mom, dad, and brother all get up to go deer hunting while I sleep in. And I'm okay with that!

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  6. I hope y'all enjoy your Thanksgiving together. Thanksgiving is my Grandma's favorite holiday ever, and her face just lights up whenever she sees all her grandkiddos!

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  7. I love reading how others celebrate, and what their traditions are! Have a great day tomorrow! Wishing you & Jared a Happy Thanksgiving! =)

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  8. This year feels so strange being the first year we are married. I feel like we are in between traditions and what family gets what holiday and where we spend it and how we create our own traditions and yadda yadda yadda. I still love this time of year-no matter where or with whom we end up spending the days. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  9. Oh, I wish I were a sponsor right now! I love love love Thanksgiving plus it's right around my birthday, and I have loads of memories/traditions/controversies (LOL).

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  10. My inlaws don't celebrate the holidays. For Thanksgiving they will tell us the time they will be at Golden Corral (no joke) and that we will be paying for ourselves and then they will go to the movies and we can do whatever. For Christmas they will take us all out for Christmas Eve dinner, give the grandkids presents and call it a holiday. Now my family does the family thing for every holiday and I'm very thankful that Keith enjoys it all!

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  11. I was just thinking about how traditions change over the years. Some I'm okay with, others I'm not! haha Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

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  12. Have a great Thanksgiving Erin!!! We don't have any typical thanksgiving traditions and I'll spending it just with Peter's family since mine will be out of town! I can't wait for all the food :)

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  13. My sister and I try to run some type of 'Turkey Trot' every Thanksgiving- this year is no different. 10k here we come, yikes!

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  14. I'm kind of sad that you don't get to see Jared's family this Turkey Day but at least you get to see them for Christmas and you get to spend more time with your family, make more memories, and don't have to rush off!
    Happy Thanksgiving!! Lots of love from FL

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  15. I love traditions they always seem to be the basis for family in general! New & old ones around..

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  16. I love traditions. We are definitely making our own traditions now that we are married and my husband works almost every holiday. But that's part of the fun of being grown up and married right? I think so ;) I want to still incorporate each of our family traditions where we can though!

    Hope y'all have a great day!!

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