Traditions are so fun, aren’t they? They are memories that I can always look back on and remember vivid details, and have loved setting up new traditions with our family. I thought it’d be fun to share some Thanksgiving traditions that I grew up with, and new ones that have come about. I’m always intrigued by families and how they manage all the family and I’m just nosy and like to hear about traditions in general. Please share yours below in the comments!
Old: Wake up and get in a run (my own turkey trot) while watching the parade. I loved starting my day off with a run and the time flew by while watching the parade.
New: Hash brown casserole, cinnamon rolls, eggs, while watching the parade. This was new just as of last year, but it’s continuing this year. I may wake up early to sneak in a workout or run, but I don’t focus on that anymore. Wheras in the past I felt like I needed a workout because of all the food all day, I just don’t think that anymore. If I run, it’s because I want to (or any workout). I do love some Thanksgiving inspired though for during the parade! (psst.. come back tomorrow for a workout you’ll be able to do on Thanksgiving!)
Since we have two sides of the family to divide time between, we start early.
Old: Spend the majority of the morning with Aaron’s family and have dinner around 3 before heading to my aunt’s for dinner with my mom’s side and stay into the evening.
New: Head over to Aaron’s family between naps, and enjoy a dinner around 2. Leave right after to get to my aunt’s to eat dinner around 4:30/5 before heading home for bedtime.
Old: Turkey, and all the fixings at both places. I actually don’t like any of the meal. I don’t like pies, I don’t like stuffing, turkey, cranberries, mashed potatoes and gravy. I know, I’M SO WEIRD! But, it’s all alright.
New: Over the past couple years, I have learned (the hard way of not eating…) to eat some of the turkey, and I have grown to like the broccoli casserole. This year, my mother in law is making a ham as well as deep frying a turkey instead of just cooking one! I’m excited for the ham. Annabelle also isn’t a fan of all the turkey and stuffing (or at least last year she wasn’t!), but she loves ham, so at least she will eat something.
Old: Wake up at 3:30 am, go shopping with my mom, Matt, and anyone else who wanted to. We stood in the crazy lines and had such a fun time dodging the crowds to find what we wanted. We had it down to such a science in Kohl’s and I loved it. Sadly, none of that is true anymore because stores are open at all different times.
New: I already ordered my Kohl’s purchases yesterday, and will order the rest of the things I’m looking for throughout the week. I have gone out on Black Friday the past two years, but it’s not the same. I may head out after the kids are in bed on Thanksgiving since it will be early still, though I hate the idea they are open on Thanksgiving.
Some years we have a Thanksgiving get together with my dad’s family on Black Friday, which is always a fun time. I don’t think it’s happening this year, but maybe next year!
What are some traditions, old and new, that you have!
Come back tomorrow where I’m sharing a perfect Turkey Day 20 minute workout!