Most of us have our special ways of celebrating the holidays that we've done for years and years. We've picked up traditions from our parents and we pass them down to the next generation. But, maybe this is the year to add something to your Thanksgiving holiday that you hadn't considered before! We have some ideas intended to deepen, heighten, and extend the meaning of the day.
1. Start the day off with a long, indulgent breakfast. Tanya & her family keep it casual and relaxed on Thanksgiving morning by having breakfast bites, mimosas, and watch the parade and football all morning! The celebration is open to friends, family and neighbors and is a low-key day of hanging out with no formalities or expectations. Keep it simple with a build-your-own-waffle buffet station!
2. Write down what you are thankful for. Cultivating gratitude is actually good for you and it can be especially powerful when you share what you are thankful for with others. A steal-worthy Thanksgiving tradition that we found is writing down your thanks on a butcher paper tablecloth. This allows others to share in your joy and at the end of the day, you can tear off and save particularly meaningful memories.
3. Take time to honor the loved ones who have passed. The holiday season can be bittersweet when beloved family members and friends are missing from the gathering. To remember these important people, one family we heard of joins together in a Circle of Love and says a prayer or some meaningful words about them.
4. Involve the kids! After dinner when parents are tired from serving, cleaning and kiddo "referee" let the kids take control of dessert. Put them in charge of taking orders, scooping ice cream and delivering plates. Not only will this give them a chance to burn off some of the pent-up energy of the day, but they will look forward to the sense of ownership year after year!
5. Celebrate off site. There is a lot of pressure on the Thanksgiving host to ready their home for guests before the holiday. The cleaning, guest room prep, readying servingware and the shopping that needs to be done can be so stressful Why not give the host a break and meet off site this year? A few fun options would be renting a cabin, a historic hotel or have it catered in a private room at your favorite restaurant. Before you go, make sure the kitchen is fully outfitted and able to accommodate a full Thanksgiving meal!
Hopefully these ideas spark some interest and you are able to incorporate them into your holiday this year! Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Sound Properties!