Thanksgiving Traditions Contest

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Thanksgiving Traditions Contest from 2Modern – win a Inhabit Pillow. To win, make comments to this post with your favorite Thanksgiving Tradition. Remember to use either your blogger login or first name and last name so that we can identify you if you win. We will post the winner’s name with instructions for collecting your prize, please check back November 20, 2008 to see if you won!

Giveaway ends November 20, 2008 at midnight PST (and sorry, prizes can only be sent to locations in the US). Good Luck!

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  1. Samantha Bender

    Oct 24, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is getting together with my mother’s 11 brothers and sisters. They each make their own recipes so we rarely eat the “traditional” Thanksgiving meal.
    They all have such different personalities that an outsider could be fascinated for days by watching them interact. (ie: crazy uncle Smi won’t let go of the olive jar and uncle Stevie shouts constantly and tells the same stories 12 times and we hear them EVERY year.)
    Their interaction used to be overwhelming, considering I come from a small intermediate family…now I love the busyness of it all!

  2. Christina

    Oct 26, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Each year, my children and home daycare kids make Thanksgiving cards. On Thanksgiving morning, my family visits the hospital and drops off the cards so the patients can have a card on their breakfast trays. This is a fun, simple way that my children can share a Thanksgiving blessing, while appreciating all we have to be thankful for.

  3. JeanMarie

    Oct 26, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Some of my favorite childhood memories are those of places we went to at the same time every year, year after year, so my husband and I bought a timeshare with another couple at a “Dirty Dancing” type Catskills hotel, where we go every Thanksgiving, and spend time with our kids bowling, playing ping pong and bocce ball, swimming until the chlorine burns our eyes – lots of old fashioned fun – our kids will always remember Thanksgivings at Villa Roma…

  4. My favorte Thanksgiving tradition is just being with family, eating great food, and then looking through store ads to see if there are any real good deals for Black Friday. Although, I rarely ever go.

  5. kattyface

    Oct 26, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Coming from a large Irish family, it is almost impossible to convince everyone to meet in one location for Thanksgiving dinner – what with the spouses’ families to take into consideration, too! Believe me, it is like holiday swapping with divorced parents, ugh!
    So, everyone meets at a pavilion in the Metroparks (Ohio park system) early Thanksgiving morning with breakfast treats and hot drinks. After chatting for a bit, we take a lovely scenic hike through the park. It is usually a few miles long, and the location changes every year to keep up the excitement and to cater to out of town family. At some point we pose and take a family photo, which is comprised of 20-30 of us, depending on the year!

  6. Ashley

    Oct 26, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Every year I (along with the rest of the family) receive an adorable invitation to Thanksgiving dinner from my aunt – even though the place and time never change! I just received mine in the mail last week and it never fails to make me smile!

  7. Tara

    Oct 27, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Watching the parade! And then crashing on the couch after eating too much :)

  8. Beverly Mabson Baker

    Oct 27, 2008 at 10:24 am

    For the past 30 years because we are such a large family our Thanksgiving tradition is to celebrate thanksgiving on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving day. Thursday we enjoy the day with our spouses family.
    My mother is an only child but she and my Dad raised seven children. Our family has grown so large that we now have to rent a place to accomodate everyone. Even though the traditional meal is eaten, the fun that is had by all is always unique and differs from year to year.

  9. Beth

    Oct 27, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    I know it might just sound cliche, but i will never forget going around the table and saying what we are each thankful for before starting the big meal. from grandparents down to the kids, we all do this and we all take it seriously, i still remember many of the things my parents said and the tradition means to the world to me, simple but important!

  10. Brandie Southall

    Oct 27, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Ever since I was a kid, my favorite part of Thanksgiving was the morning. I always woke up to my mother cooking Pillsbury Orange Rolls. We would eat them w/ coffe and cocoa and watch the Macy’s Parade. As an adult, I still continue this tradition. I love the parade and the banter that goes with it. A few years back, I actually got to visit New York for the parade. We woke up early enough to see the balloons fill up. It was raining and very cold. As the Big Bird balloon walked by me later that morning while I was standing near Times Square, I pulled out my orange rolls I had made last night and ate them w/ my thermos of coffee. To this day, my eyes get watery while I think about being there in NY at that moment.

  11. Gloria

    Oct 28, 2008 at 8:41 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving tradition actually doesn’t occur on Thanksgiving– it occurs roughly a week after. Since my family is first generation Asian-American, we don’t necessarily follow holidays like Thanksgiving very closely. More often than not, I end up having Chinese food on Thanksgiving! However, my cravings for turkey, stuffing and cranberries were sated when my friends and I began having “post-thanksgiving” or “second Thanksgiving” parties. All of these parties are potlucks, and we always attempt to cook up something, regardless of culinary skill. The entire purpose of the party is to feed each other, and then come together to celebrate for those of us who don’t get the full effect on the actual holiday. In fact, we always end up with an entire spectrum of food, ranging from traditional T-giving fare to ethnic foods. After all, coming together over food is a great way to feel thankful to have friends and family and variety of cultures.

  12. Marriah

    Oct 28, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    For the past three years my husband and I have been six hours away from all our friends and family while he’s been in medical school. The school likes to schedule tests so that the students must spend their Thanksgiving break studying for final exams. The first two years (while I was also in a master’s program) were kind of depressing for us being away from all our family for the first time. Last year, we made it a point to stop for most of the day and relax together and make ourselves a Thanksgiving dinner a deux. It was my first attempt at a real dinner with lots of sides. We had fun looking for recipes with twists on the Thanksgiving classics (like burbon baked turkey, yum!). We opened a bottle of wine and set our small table with candles to make it a bit more fancy. I was so proud of our creation that I even took photos of our “first” Thanksgiving dinner (we had gotten engaged earlier in the year). While Thanksgiving alone is not exactly something we hope to turn into a tradition, it was one Thanksgiving that I’m sure we’ll remember for many years to come.

  13. Beth

    Oct 29, 2008 at 9:38 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving tradition was eating my Grandma’s stuffing…no one has been able to make it taste exactly like hers!

  14. Stephanie Fisher

    Oct 29, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving tradition revolves around a pig! We have a traditional feast with turkey, but the real star is Aunt Josie’s pork roast. When she’s pulling it out of the oven, everyone gathers in the kitchen. As soon as it goes on the wooden cutting board, the whole family starts picking and pulling at it with their fingers! It’s so hot, and everyone is trying not to burn themselves, but it’s TOO GOOD!
    So we gorge on our “appetizer” and nobody can eat much dinner. :) But it’s worth it!

  15. Laura

    Oct 31, 2008 at 10:01 am

    My daughter and I moved to another state in 1999 and cannot have Thanksgiving with my parents and aunt. We now celebrate with friends since we cannot be with our family. I always make sure we call my mom and ask for her gravy recipe so she feels important and she always shares it with us as if she never has.

  16. Carol

    Nov 3, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is one that we actually started after 20 years of marriage. As the family grew I thought it would be great to write down our memories, so to keep them from year to year, so I bought two plain white table clothes (as we usually have two tables) and on Thanksgiving provided everyone with a permanent marker to write a short thought for Thanksgiving. The tablecloths are now a treasured part of the family as we see the writing of the little ones change for the better each year as they grow and can still read the messages of those in the family who are no longer with us. It makes us smile every year looking for messages from the previous year and keeps those gone from us with us one more time.

  17. Carol

    Nov 3, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is one we started after twenty years of marriage. As the years went on and the family grew we wanted to preserve the memories. So I bought a white cloth tablecloth and on Thanksgiving handed everyone a permanent magic marker to write Thanksgiving messages on the cloth. It became a great success and seven years later we are still doing it. It is fun each year to see as the little ones have grown by their handwriting. Some going from pictures to actual writing and it preserves the messages of those who have left us so that we will always have them. And, we love reading the messages from prior years every year. Keep last memories alive year after year.

  18. shari

    Nov 3, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Sitting at the Thanksgiving table with my anal retentive vegetarian sister while she eats her perfectly formed Turkey-shaped Tofurky. She lectures and mocks the rest of us every single year. To top it off, she married a he-man who wears flannel and hunts and eats only meat and potatoes.

  19. Pennie from Texas

    Nov 3, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving from Texas! My husband and I have ten children. Yes, ten. Same parents—ten blessings. :) We have a special Thanksgiving tradition that allows each person in attendance at our Thanksgiving dinner to have a chance to express at least one thing for which they are thankful. We love to make a ‘Thanksgiving Blessing Tree’. We cut a bare branch from a tree or bush and place it in a large jar, pot, or vase. We add rocks and acorns and such to hold the branch in place. (You can set the branch in plaster of paris and let it harden.) Sometimes we spray paint the tree and sometimes we leave it natural. Next, the children all cut out paper leaves from colored construction paper in autumn colors. We place the ‘tree’ in the middle of the dinning room table after breakfast on Thanksgiving Day. Nearby, we place a basket with the cut-out leaves, pens, markers, and scotch tape. Throughout the morning, family and guests are encouraged to write things on the leaves for which they are thankful. They then tape the leaves onto the branches. When complete, this tree makes a pretty and meaningful centerpiece. Just before we eat, one or more people take turns reading the ‘leaves’ out-loud. Most of the time the ‘blessing leaves’ are not signed and it is part of the fun to try and figure out who wrote the message. :) After all leaves are read, we join in prayer and thank God for the blessings of the year and for the coming feast. We have found this to be a very special experience for all ages!

  20. JP

    Nov 6, 2008 at 8:25 am

    For as long as I can remember my dad’s brother, my Uncle, who was a priest, would lead us all in grace before Thanksgiving dinner. About 4 years ago we lost him and both my dads parents within 8 months and every Thanksgiving since, we all stand in a circle and hold hands to remember them and take turns saying one thing we’re thankful for before dinner. It’s become my favorite tradition because it feels like it makes our family closer in a way.


    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Thanksgiving Traditions in my home are to carry out my grandmothers and mothers famous recipes and to keep the flow of bringing family together through the generations to come. These days it is important to do that. Grandmas sweet creme’ Brulee’ french toast in the morning, the sauerkraut balls included in the appetizers, Aunt Carol’s cornbread, Mom’s sweet potatoes, and of course my new tradition, brining the 24 lb. turkey overnight. Christmas music is playing in the background. At dinner, filled with tears of joy and laughter, we all say what we are thankful for. I set up my Christmas tree after Halloween with the lights and we decorate the tree while the men tend to the kitchen after Thanksgiving dinner, all of us ladies really enjoy this. Than those of us that are left, and not sleeping on the couch, sit around the table and play board games, enjoy pie and sip on freshly brewed coffee or hot tot-ties. A day for all of us to remember…..

  22. Janelle

    Nov 10, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Thanksgiving tradition is summed up in one word for my family…FOOD. My Mom is the best cook I know and we insist she makes the same Turkey Day dinner every year, otherwise someone will be crabby!
    Mashed potatoes
    Pink Jello (Jello mixed with cool whip)
    Tuna salad
    Shrimp dip
    Black olives
    Can’t wait!

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