Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving is coming up and when TwitterMoms and Target teamed up with a contest, it got us thinking about our family traditions and what we’ll share with our lil boy. Exciting!

DH and I are lucky to have both grown up in the same city so that both our families are in the same place. It might make for a busy Thanksgiving day, but we always try to spend time with both sides–that is very important to us!

Part of the sweepstakes (learn more here) includes answering this question:

What three favorite family Thanksgiving traditions have you passed or will pass on to your children?

1) The food. Okay, that one was easy. Every family has their traditional Thanksgiving meal every year and I doubt our
menu will change much once we start hosting. Turkey (upgrade that to beer-butt Turkey, a tradition from DH’s family), stuffing, cream cheese mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean salad, carrot casserole, breads, cranberries and… let’s not forget our Norwegian heritage: lefse (YUM!) and pickled herring (ew!). My uncle is the only one who ever eats the pickled herring, but it’s a must-have. Maybe our son will carry on those taste buds? And an addition from DH’s family = Durkee’s! It’s the perfect salad dressing for leftover turkey sandwiches… yummmm 🙂
2) Tryptophan & Football. Yes, those go hand-in-hand. I’m not even a big football fan, but after a huge turkey dinner there’s not much you can do but pass out on the couch… in front of the TV that is stuck on football alllll dayyyy long. Go Bears! (for my side of the family) and Go Vikes! (for DH’s family)… don’t worry, we all still get along 🙂

3) Cards. This is a tradition taken from DH’s family. Card tables get set up in the den at granny’s and
game after game after game of Euchre is played. When DH and I first started dating 6.5 years ago I had no idea how to play and absolutely dreaded the HOURS spent watching everyone else play–I mean, the only alternative was sitting on the couch watching football! Haha. Of course I learned quickly and now love the game… sometimes we get a poker tournament set up too. The games go long enough into the night that it’s time for more turkey (with Durkee’s)!

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?? With our new family here (come December), we could come up with some of our own too!




1 comment to Thanksgiving Traditions

  • Kelton Carlin

    Hello people, it is Thanksgiving Day! I’m happy with my extra day off, and I am planning to doing something fun that’ll probably involve a moto trip and seeing something new in Stratham I haven’t seen yet.
    You write something new at Thanksgiving?


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