Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving traditions. My family has them. I\’m sure many of you do too! Some traditions have passed by the wayside and some we\’ve kept, for instance the Macy\’s Thanksgiving day parade is always on the tv, whether or not we\’re actually watching it. My roommate\’s parents have everyone sign a plate with the date on it so that they can commemorate their time together. With Thanksgiving being an American holiday I was curious to see what some traditions were across the US.

Many of them are food based. Turkey, cranberry, stuffing, you know the drill but there were some quirky ones as well. I\’ve listed a few that I liked and have even participated in.

Take out Day. So much like the Christmas Story scenario instead of cooking, having your dinner delivered and not the traditional Thanksgiving dinner but a Chinese dinner with Peking duck!

Thanksgiving Eve. Like it or not it is the biggest drinking holiday in the US, hands down. It\’s that time of the year when most people travel home and before they have to spend their entire day with family the night before they catch up with old friends and imbibe, perhaps a bit too much.

Turkey Trots. Across the country millions of people get up early on Thanksgiving, many hung over from the night before, to run. Typically it is only a 5K or a 10K, but still. I did this for many years and then would get in my car and drive to my parent\’s. I always felt so good having done that and then ate probably way more than I needed to because I was convinced, I earned it!

Football Marathon. It\’s basically an American football binge watching day.

The Wishbone. So I\’ve always thought this was odd but we do it and I\’m sure many of you do. We dig out the \”wishbone\” from the carcass of the turkey we just devoured and two people each grasp a side of the bone and pull. The person who ends up with the biggest piece gets their wish. (Theoretically. None of mine have ever come true.)

Masking. Apparently 100 years ago people used to wear paper mache masks and walk around big cities looking for candy, and money. Sounds like another tradition doesn\’t it? Halloween anyone? 

What are some of your traditions? Do you have anything quirky that you do? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time, life happens, enjoy each other and have a Happy Thanksgiving!


  • Jess @PTcontender November 22, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    We usually get a game of cards or boardgames going so we arent just sitting watching tv lol. And we take a walk around the block with my sister’s dog, biscuit!

    • travelasdesired November 22, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      Nice! We actually play board games as well. Usually Risk…which I don’t like. Haha!

  • Misty Meadows Homestead November 23, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    We will be a very small group this year… and just may pull out the board games!


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