Ah, Thanksgiving time again… For those of us living in Texas, it doesn’t always feel quite like fall during Thanksgiving. I can recall years where we were wearing shorts and tank tops in 80 degrees. You won’t find me complaining though; it makes the after dinner family football game much more enjoyable. It’s fascinating how the place you live can have such an impact on your traditions, and how much the traditions vary family to family. These traditions are usually repeated with loyalty every year even after the novelty wears off. When was the last time you added a new tradition to your celebrations? Maybe these fresh ideas will give you new inspiration!
4 of the Most unique Thanksgiving Traditions
Nothing says holiday quite like shooting your family with paint balls, at least not for one Illinois family. Each year the Briggs family spends the day after Thanksgiving participating in a multi-generational paint ball war. All done with protective padding, of course!
Thanksgiving Family Quiz:
The Dalin family came up with this idea as a way to get to know out of town family members and it was so fun they made it a tradition. A couple of weeks before thanksgiving Macy and her daughter send everyone a questionnaire and create place mats or napkins out of the answers. The game is then to figure out who answered the question.
Leftover Master Chef
Started by the Anderson family of Indiana, this tradition consists of a leftover competition the day after Thanksgiving. Family members can work in teams or solo and must utilize Thanksgiving leftovers to create anything BUT a Thanksgiving dish. “Not only is it fun to try traditional foods in new ways but it also gets the younger kids interested in cooking. Now throughout the year my son actually wants to help me prepare dinner!”- Mary Anderson.
For a truly different Thanksgiving experience Natalie Thomas pulled this idea from her childhood. Growing up her family would camp out in the Mountains and roast a turkey over a fire. Since roasting a turkey over a fire is so time consuming Mrs. Thomas altered that concept and now every year her and her family packs a Thanksgiving dessert picnic. They take a nature hike up to the spot where they start a campfire and cook their various sweet treats to be enjoyed as the sun sets.
Does your family have any unique Thanksgiving traditions? We would love to hear about it! Share your story in the comments below!