5 Thanksgiving Traditions to Start This Year


I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving is a huge hit in our family. We loooove the start of the holiday season, because it brings two of my husband and I’s favorite things: Egg Nog, and Mashed Potatoes….What’s better than that? Lets get real for a second here, we don’t just love this holiday for the food, that’s for sure. There are so many magical reasons to love Thanksgiving. Firstly, it’s the start of the holiday season. It’s fun, festive, and you can get as creative or stay as minimal as you want. We love Thanksgiving because it’s a time we can gather around the table with family, share conversations, and be able to simply spend time with one another. Now that we’re older, we truly cherish these holidays more than ever, because it can be so hard to find the time during our busy lives to visit with one another.

With that being said, we’re beyond ready to experience our first Thanksgiving in our new home. It’s the first holiday season that we’re living back in Maine, and now that we have our own house, it feels more special than ever. There isn’t a more perfect time than now to think about holiday traditions. Looking back on it, my family only had a few Thanksgiving day traditions, but they were in fact, very memorable. I’ll never forget waking up to turn on the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, grabbing a glass of Eggnog, and eating fresh baked Banana bread. It’s those little traditions that truly make each holiday more special. If you’re looking to start a new tradition, be sure to read on to find out 5 Thanksgiving Traditions to Start This Year.

Watch the Parade

The Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade is a staple in our house. It’s fun, entertaining, and does the trick to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Each and every Thanksgiving, as soon as I roll out of bed, like clockwork, I turn the parade on. There’s just something so special about watching a celebration, that makes it feel even more fun than Thanksgiving already is. We love watching the parade while we beging prepping side dishes, and sipping coffee first thing in the morning. The best part of the parade is that it runs for hours, so it will keep everyone in the house entertained. Whether you watch it, or use it as background noise while you cook, be sure to turn it on this year.


Express Gratitude

This is something we should be doing every single day, of course! Thanksgiving is indeed, a time where many give thanks. It’s so important to count your blessings, and simply cherish the little things. The holidays can be so chaotic, and full of stress, but it’s important to slow down, be present, and cherish the ones you love around you. Being able to find meaningful ways to spend time together is what the holidays are all about. Make sure to hug someone, express what you’re thankful for, and make it a tradition not just on Thanksgiving, but every single day.



Start Decorating for Christmas

One fun way to spend the evening hours of Thanksgiving while everyone digests, and is sitting around: Put up the tree! While I believe many already have this as a tradition, it could be the easiest one to start this holiday. All it requires is grabbing your holiday decor, and lugging it upstairs. Whether you’re single, married, or with a few children, decorating with family around is always a fun idea. It’s so fun to pour a glass of wine, turn on fun music and start getting in the spirit for Christmas. Bonus: all of your family can help you hang hard to reach areas, and you can reminisce on years past.


Give Back or Run a Road Race for Charity

So many families choose to give back on Thanksgiving before eating their meal. There are so many ways to give back on this holiday, that are fun, festive, and can be done, all before the Turkey comes out of the oven. You could volunteer at a local kitchen, donate to a food pantry, or even donate goods/clothing to a local shelter. Want to get active before eating a big meal? Run a Turkey Trot with your family, complete with matching T-shirts. Many Turkey Trots are meant to raise awareness and money for local charities, so it’s an easy way to give back, and have fun with your loved ones.


Bake Together

One awesome way to fill the house with yummy scents and warmth is to bake. Baking is such a fun activity to do with anyone, whether it’s with your husband, kids, or friends. This is a tradition we sometimes do the night before, or in the early morning. We love to bake pies, banana breads and cookies all the while drinking egg nog. We love baking during the holidays because it always brings back memories, especially with all the familiar scents. Be sure to slow down this holiday, and bake a dessert or two.


What holiday traditions do you have in your home? Share with me in the comments below!







Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

A lifestyle + wellness blog, This Northern Native is a place to come for major realness. I deliver raw, honest content created for those who value becoming the happiest & healthiest versions of themselves possible, and share a love for New England living.