Review of Thanksgiving Traditions

Review of Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving is one of the most favorited holidays and is celebrated by millions of people a year. While for Thanksgiving the majority of people gather together their families, cook food, talk, say grace and then feast, there are also many families that follow less traditional methods of celebrating the beloved holiday that are pretty interesting.
One of the first unique traditions is that some families celebrate each other’s birthdays on Thanksgiving. According to goodhousekeeping.com, families that see each other only once a year sing “Happy Birthday” to the relatives whose birthdays they either missed or will not get to see due to being apart. They also give gifts and include birthday cakes with candles. You can potentially get double the gifts and celebration even if your birthday already passed!
The next unique tradition that I have personally partaken in is volunteering for Thanksgiving at the soup kitchen or the volunteer center. This is more common than the last one, but still different enough to be unique. Families who do this usually head down to the soup kitchen or any other organization to volunteer and feed the hungry. This tradition passes the blessings on and does help people who are in need who can’t have a Thanksgiving. In a lot of cases, this could be a homeless person’s only good meal, so it’s especially important in my book.
The last interesting tradition is that some families keep the tablecloth they eat on as a keepsake for the future. Families cover the table with a white tablecloth and place cloth markers on the table. They the ask their guests to draw what they’re thankful for or even something fun like their favorite Thanksgiving memory. By the time the food is finished they gain have a reusable memento that may soon become the centerpiece of their celebration. I think this idea is interesting to continue the great memories of family and fun.
There are most likely many more traditions ones that are probably way more uncommon than these. We’d love to hear what yours are! Comment below.