Monday, November 12, 2007

Creating Traditions!

Kelli is hosting this fun and delightful Giving Thanks this week... visit her for all of the details.

I grew up in a family that didn't have anything that even remotely resembled what is known as a tradition. After my grandparents adopted me at the age of 12 there were a few traditions that I can vaguely remember, but none of them have stuck with me and followed me to my own family. I have struggled over the years to create my own family traditions. Many years I have stressed out over them and pushed to hard to make some one elses traditions fit my unique family. I love to listen to familes as they share their own family traditions, they warm my heart. I really feel that traditions help not only to bring families closer together but also to create some extraordinary life long memories! I want that. I want to share some traditions that I have enjoyed experiencing lately and am thinking of altering them to mold our family.

Tablecloth of Thanks
A Thanksgiving Turkey
Turn over a New Leaf
Thankful Tree

I have thought of a few that might be do-able:

Letters of Thanks: send out a note of thanks to family and friends! Using this cute card idea.
Thankful Dessert: make a little desert for a neighbor/friend and attach a little notecard on it with why you are thankful for them.
Pre-Thanksgiving Meal: we travel for thanksgiving and so never have our own thanksgiving meal together, something simple but at the same time special.

I know that over the years we will aquire our own traditions and I can't wait to see what they will be, well yes I can wait but when the time comes it will be interesting to look back at how they all came about and why they stuck and to reflect on the many memories.

Please... I would SO love to hear some of your Thanksgiving family traditions!


Mommy said...

Yes, it is sometimes hard to come up with traditions; I understand. We usually go somewhere else for thanksgiving also.

We actually did a pre-thanksgiving meal already, last Friday, using the foods that were in the book Cranberry Thanksgiving.

Stop by my blog tomorrow, for I will be blogging about a tradition that I started my first babies first Thanksgiving. :)

Sue @ praise & coffee said...

These are wonderful!
Our meal and family coming together are a big tradition for us.
I love the holidays!

Kelli said...

Thank you for sharing your own special traditions with us! I'm glad you joined in for the fun!

Lori said...

What great traditions to start:
thankful cards, making goodies for neighbors. Great ideas.
Thanks for visiting my blog.

One of our traditions is getting the family together for a big thanksgiving meal too.

DandelionSeeds said...

I've loved reading all of your posts! Thanks for sharing the great ideas!