101 Thanksgiving Traditions

Family fun for the entire season!

“What’s your favorite holiday?” is one of the random questions I send to my peeps on Twitter. I’ve never actually tallied the answers, but if I had to bet, I would say Thanksgiving is the number one holiday for most of my American peeps. My international peeps respond to that same question with some truly lovely vacation spots.

We love Thanksgiving because it’s simply about getting together with friends and family, and eating wonderful food that’s thankfully calorie-free on this day. We may watch football or even have a family tradition to play a game. We may watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade while we are cooking. Thanksgiving isn’t about presents or decorations or office parties, which can actually add stress.

It’s a holiday that focuses only on what really matters – the people in our lives. Last year, we took a Thanksgiving survey.

To help us all celebrate the season this year, we have gathered up 101 Thanksgiving Traditions!

32 Thanksgiving Family Activities

Thanksgiving Family Fun

1. We’e Been Gobbled – Share some secret treats this season.

2. Fall Love Notes – Let your honey know that you are extra grateful for them this year.

3. Conversation Prompts – Not sure what to talk about around the table? This is sure to help!

4. Turkey Bowling – This is the funnest family game ever! You will LOVE it!!

5. Thanksgiving Day Printable Pack – The whole day is all planned out for you with this adorable printable pack.

Thanksgiving activités for everyone!

6. Turkey Rocket Races – Who will have the fastest turkey?

7. Who’s Got the Turkey – Turkey, turkey, who’s got the turkey?

8. Turkey Tag – A fun game to burn off those Thanksgiving calories! {Snatch up a few clothespins, some paint and a few googly eyes and you are ready to go!}

9. Don’t Eat Tom the Turkey – Watch out for Tom in this fun family game.

10. Thanksgiving Countdown Banner – Celebrate the entire month!

Traditions for the entire family!

11. Tic-Tac-Turkey – A fun twist on a traditional game.

12. Turkey Hunt – Will you be able to find the turkey in time for dinner?

13. Turkey Feathers Game – Whose turkey will get all of its feathers first?

14. Tic-Tac-Toe-Table – Another fun variation to a classic game. {Washi tape totally makes this idea!}

15. Thanksgiving Madlibs – A laugh or two never hurt anyone!

Thanksgiving traditions the whole family will love!

16. Thank You Bank – Prepare for Thanksgiving all year with this cute bank.

17. Thanksgiving Would You Rather – Find out the truth about your family!

18. Thanksgiving Trivia – Who knows their Thanksgiving Day facts best?

19. Thanksgiving Pictionary – This silly game is sure to bring out your inner artist.

20. Family Random Acts of Kindness – Help those around you by serving them!

Thanksgiving Family Activities

21. Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt and Bingo – Two family fun games in one place!

22. Going on a Turkey Hunt – Are you ready to go on this fun-filled turkey hunt?

23. Pilgrim Hat Cookies – A craft + a treat = the perfect combination!

24. Pin the Gobbler on the Turkey – This fun, family game is sure to bring out your competitive side.

25. Pluck the Turkey – Yikes! Who can pluck the turkey the best?

26. Thanksgiving Minute-To-Win-It – Fast paced games for the whole family.

Celebrate Thanksgiving all month long!

27. 27 Days of Gratitude – Help your family remember to be grateful all month long.

28. A Thankful Heart – This is a really sweet game to play with your family to help remember who bless we all truly are.

29. Homemade Butter – A little pre dinner shaking!

30. Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: Movie Night in a Box – Gather the family for a Thanksgiving movie night. {Don’t you just LOVE this movie!?!}

31. Fall Family Photos – What to wear? Where to take the pics? We have it all covered here!

32. Family Handprint Pumpkin – A tender memory from year to year as you watch those little hands grow.



26 Kids Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Ideas

Holiday Kids Crafts

33. Thankful Utensil Holder – Let the kids help decorate the table.

34. Candy Corn Turkey – A deliciously adorable craft.

35. Clothes Pin Turkey – Bright and colorful turkey art for the win!

36. Golf Tee Turkey – Kids will love making this creative turkey! {This bag of tees + some play dough and you are good to go!}

37. Fall Scents Sensory Bin – Smell and feel the season with this Fall sensory bin.

More Kids Holiday Crafts

38. Dish Brush Turkey – Who would’t love this?

39. Mayflower Craft – A fun craft to help talk about the pilgrims.

40. Native American Headdress – Let the kids dress up this holiday season.

41. Paper Bag Turkey – Simple items can make wonderful things!

42. Paper Tube Friends – Are these not the cutest!?!

Thanksgiving Fun

43. Paper Plate Pilgrim – A little paper, glue and a plate is all it will take!

44. Tissue Paper Turkey – This bright and colorful turkey craft is sure to please.

45. Painted Paper Plate Turkey – I know that we LOVE to paint at our house! The kids will love this!

46. Popsicle Stick Pilgrim – A little pilgrim out of popsicle stick! How cute! {I seriously ALWAYS have these on hand for crafts!}

47. Pilgrim Dress-Ups – If the Native American Headdress wasn’t for them, try out these pilgrim dress-ups!

Fun Thanksgiving craft ideas!

48. Pumpkin Pie Craft – A craft cute enough to eat!

49. Thankful Plate – This project will serve as a fun conversation piece.

50. Thankful Placemat – Help your kids remember what they are truly grateful for.

51. Rolled Paper Pumpkin – I love this pumpkin!

52. Pilgrim Crayon Holder – These would look adorable at the kids table! 🙂

Thanksgiving Holiday Fun

53. Thankful Spinner – Can they fill their spinner with things that they are thankful for?

54. Thankful Turkey Book – A book stuffed to the brim with gratitude!

55. Free Thanksgiving Coloring Pages – Simple and sweet.

56. Tissue Paper Turkey By Number – A little math and art join together to make this cute turkey possible!

57. Handprint Turkey Hat – Will your little turkey love this hat or what!?!

58. Turkey Finger Puppet – A mini-turkey for all of the mini-humans in your life.

22 Must Have Thanksgiving Recipes

Delicious Thanksgiving Day Recipes

59. Turkey Panini – Ok, so really this one is what to do with the leftovers, but doesn’t that look amazing!?

60. Turkey Gravy – Dinner wouldn’t be complete without the gravy.

61. Slow Cooker Creamed Corn – This looks SO much better than the canned stuff!

62. Foolproof Pumpkin Pie – Any recipe that says “foolproof” is right up my alley!

63. How to Roast a Turkey – Thanksgiving dinner has to include a delicious turkey!

Delicious Thanksgiving Dishes

64. Pecan Pie – Pecan Pie was always a staple at our Thanksgiving table growing up.

65. Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole – If it is called a casserole, then it counts as part of dinner even though it is delicious enough to be dessert!

66. Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake – Pumpkin pie + Cheesecake = Heavenly bliss!

67. Sage Apple Stuffing – I think that stuffing is my very favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner!

68. Pumpkin Dessert Bars – Skip the pie and head straight for these dessert bars!

Top Thanksgiving Recipes

69. Chocolate Caramel Pumpkin Cobbler – Yum! Do we need to say anything else?

70. Cranberry Sauce – Turkey would NOT be the same with out homemade cranberry sauce!

71. Creamy Corn Pudding with Crispy Onions – This could be a new favorite!

72. Dinner Rolls – This is the recipe that is our go to Every. Single. Time!! They are SO SO good!!

73. Easy Garlic Mashed Potatoes – Easy, garlic, and potatoes, those are ALL favorites when it comes to cooking!

74. Easy Green Bean Casserole – A must-have at every Thanksgiving dinner!

Must have Thanksgiving dishes!

75. Candied Pecans – These are sure to make an appearance at your Thanksgiving table this year.

76. Caesar Green Been Salad – This is a recipe from the kitchen of one of our very own Divas! Stop by and give her some love!

77. Caramel Apple Pie – As if apple pie could have gotten any better!?

78. Candied Carrots – Yes, please!

79. Cranberry and Pomegranate Bruschetta – A delicious treat for your palate! 

80. Chocolate Cheesecake Pie – This 8 minute pie is sure to please the masses!

21 DIY Thanksgiving Decorations

DIY Holiday Decorations

81. Fall Center Piece – A great DIY that you could change out with every season!

82. Printable Gratitude Quotes – Fun quotes to remind us all how grateful!

83. Embroidery Hoop Turkey –  A cute twist on some basic materials, just a few of these hoops, some material, and you are quickly on your way to an adorable, festive decoration!

84. DIY Table Runner – Such a great center piece!

85. Fall Burlap Sign – This is sure to grab everyone’s eye!

Fall decor for every home!

86. Glitter Monogram Pumpkin – Okay I may just NEED this in my life! Seriously adorable! {But seriously, doesn’t glitter just make EVERYTHING better!?!}

87. Gather, Give Thanks, Feast – The weathered look on this is absolutely perfect.

88. Fall Twig Wreath – This would look great all fall long!

89. Falling Leaves Garland – Adding glitter to just about anything makes it a favorite in my book!

90. Wooden Hello Fall Sign – This sign is just too cute!

Holiday Home Decor

91. Give Thanks Door Tags – Giant door tags that everyone will totally be envious of!

92. Gobble, Gobble, Gobble – This gobble, gobble, gobble sign is definitely a favorite!

93. Indian Corn Wreath – Cute + festive is the best combination! {Snatch up a few of these and make your wreath today!}

94. DIY Pumpkin Mason Jars – This would be a project that you could get the kids involved with for sure! {These + these + these and you are good to go!}

95. Grateful Garland – A touch of nature to bring the beauty of fall inside!

Thanksgiving home decor!

96. Painted Acorns – Adding the paint to these acorns makes them a to-die-for piece! {Love this but can’t find any acorns near you? Snatch these up and you can still enjoy this fun fall craft!}

97. Paper Bag Leaf Wreath – Recycle and decorate, all in one!

98. Porch Pumpkins – I love pieces that can last through multiple holiday! These are so on my to-do list!

99. Pumpkin in a Jar – Simple and beautiful, grab this jar and a few other quick supplies fir this adorable centerpiece!

100. Pumpkin Vase – Take your fall flower arrangements to the next level with the outstanding pumpkin vase idea!

101. White Pumpkins with Garland – Finish your Thanksgiving table in style!


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