‘Tis the season for turkey and traditions. What makes holidays like Thanksgiving so memorable? Long after the food is gone, the memories that families cling to are the special traditions you share together. If you’re looking for some new traditions to begin, try one of these this year.
Go together as a family to serve those less fortunately in your community. After your shift is over, take some time to sit and talk with a few of the people you have served. You are likely to hear some incredible stories. Check with the Portland Rescue Mission or Oregon Food Bank to see how you can help.
2. DISPLAY A THANKFUL TREE IN YOUR HOME
Set up your Thankful Tree just for November or keep it up all year round! Cut out paper leaves to add to your tree each day. On Thanksgiving, provide each guest with a leaf and a pen to write down what he or she is thankful for and then read the leaves aloud as they are taped or pinned to the tree. Read more about how to create a Thankful Tree for your home!
3. CONTRIBUTE TO SOMEONE ELSE'S THANKSGIVING DINNER
There are many low-income families who can't afford an entire Thanksgiving dinner. Ask your friends, family and neighbors, whether they know about any struggling families who you could help. Then, take your whole family shopping for food, festive decorations, or table settings. Try to involve other families and friends to share the cost or to adopt more families in need. Go together to deliver the food to your chosen families the day before Thanksgiving.
Paint a couple of faux pumpkins white and write on them with a black sharpie the things you are thankful for. Ask everyone at your gathering to add to the thankful pumpkins and then decorate your dinner table with these pumpkins. For your guests, give them small pumpkins of their own to take home for their families to do the same thing. Find out more about how to create Thankful Pumpkins for your holiday gathering.
5. WALK OR RUN IN A TURKEY TROT ON THANKSGIVING
Work off your Thanksgiving dinner ahead of time by taking your whole family to a Thanksgiving Day walk or run! Check out Sherwood's Give n' Gobble the The Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo. You might even want to dress up in fun Thanksgiving related costumes! If a crowded run isn't your thing, try finding a nice hike nearby to enjoy the fall foliage together before dinner.