Those traditions are homey though. They keep us grounded. They remind us to slow down because the year has gone by much too fast. These traditions help us reconnect with not only our families, but with ourselves. Those traditions force us to remember our childhoods.
Most family traditions are generations old. They were started by someone's great-great-great grandma and everyone has just followed suit. Most of them are pretty awesome. Some of them are weird. And a few have completely died off because they weren't that great for the rest of the family.
I don't have any real traditions this time of year. Most of mine are centered around Christmas. But Thanksgiving, not so much. Not unless stuffing your face full of food counts. Which, some people might. When I was pregnant, I certainly did.
The only tradition I remember is of my Memaw (southern for grandma for all ya'll northern folks). She would make so much food. SO. MUCH. Let me put it in perspective. One year, she had almost 20 pies made. TWENTY. Two zero. That's crazy. And delicious. And crazy delicious.
But this year, I have an unique opportunity. I get to make my own traditions for my family. Neither Kyle or my families have any traditions that have stuck when it comes to Thanksgiving. So I get to wing it (hahaha! Turkey wing). I've been brainstorming for weeks now, so when the time comes I'm ready to go. But it's hard. There are so many amazing ones out there.
But here's my list...
TRADITIONS I HOPE STICK
Make Thankful Turkeys
Go to a Pumpkin Patch
Go to a Corn Maze
Take a Fall hike in the mountains
"You've Been Gobbled!" - Little treat bags for neighbors
Make a Fall Themed Wreath
Go on a Leaf Hunt - Use leaves to make crafts
Make Cinnamon Pinecones
Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Go on a hayride
Jump in giant leaf piles
Countdown to Turkey Day
It's not a long list. It's not a crazy list. It's a doable list. It's a memorable list. It's a list of fun things to do as well as giving to others.
I know not all of them will stick with my kids when they have kids. But I hope the memories and the spirit of giving does stick with them. I want them to remember how to be kids at heart. I want them to realize that time goes by too quick, and they need to hang on to those precious moments s long as they can...
And that's tradition.
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