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Thanksgiving Tradition Inspiration


Thanksgiving weekend is upon us and it’s never too late to do something to make it feel extra special- but better yet, you’re never too late to start new traditions. I love traditions- I feel like they’re what gives us a sense of home. And if we do it right, they’ll be traditions that our family loves so much, they continue to pass them down.

I asked you all on my Instagram if you had any traditions of your own to share, and to my surprise it was actually campfires! Many of you have traditions of going hiking and then having campfires. Maybe it’s the fact that I grew up in Saskatchewan where it wasn’t uncommon to have frost/snow in October (pretty sure every costume my mom ever sewed me was meant to fit over a snow suit) so we didn’t do anything that outdoorsy this time of year.

Nevertheless- you’re never too late to make a holiday special. Here’s some ideas below!

Tradition Ideas for Thanksgiving Weekend:
  • Buying your Halloween pumpkins from a local pumpkin patch
  • A hot dog roast and mulled wine in the backyard/driveway
  • Sunday brunch instead of Thanksgiving dinner
  • Apple crisp baking (you could add to this that you make one for yourself and one for a neighbor or friend and take the kids with you to drop it off)
  • Hot chocolate with roasted marshmallows on a campfire
  • Friendsgiving- a potluck Thanksgiving with friends
  • Appetizers & board games instead of turkey dinner or appetizer night the day before Thanksgiving dinner
  • A walk and foraging your own Thanksgiving centerpiece with the kids (think simple branches, berry branches, or leaves in a vase or pine cones in vases.)
  • Have the kids pick Fall leaves and write each person’s name on them as their place card for dinner
  • Dress up for dinner and play the same soundtrack each year during dinner (to this day I can’t hear Kenny G without knowing it must be time for Christmas dinner because my dad turned on the stereo…)
  • Go together to get bread from your favourite local bakery for French toast or buy pastries and have them for overnight guests in the morning
  • Apple cider and pumpkin decorating/carving
  • My mom makes herself rum & eggnog in a gingerbread martini glass every single Christmas while she cooks. It’s her little tradition with herself and she looks forward to it before she starts the turkey. And I love that. If you like to cook- maybe you have a particular apron, drink, movie, or music that can be a tradition for you while you do it.
  • Go for a drive somewhere new with your favorite holiday drink (pumpkin spiced lattes/apple cider)


If you’re big on gifting- do a basket for the kids that morning. Could include any of the following:
    1. New hair clips/head bands for dinner that night
    2. New dress up clothes (sweater, skirt, pants, etc.) or Halloween jammies
    3. Halloween stickers or crafts
    4. Pumpkin carving tools
    5. Paint and brushes for painting pumpkins
    6. New mugs and hot chocolate fixings
    7. Spooky decorations to decorate one section of the house or their bedroom

Whatever and however much you choose to do this weekend, the only thing that really counts is that you’re fully present for it. If it takes away from you enjoying the holiday- scrap it. And whatever isn’t perfect- let it go.

Have a lovely Thanksgiving Everyone!


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