My favourite holiday is Thanksgiving. When I lived in back home, holidays were super hard. Both my parents and my husband’s parents are divorced. 3/4 sets of grandparents are also divorced. This led to a ton of awkward and high-demanded holiday dinners. It seemed to always work out that I could do Thanksgiving at my moms though, so for that Thanksgiving holds the most memories for me and is my favourite.
Since we moved across the country, we don’t share anymore. I host every single one of them and have created traditions that I hope my children will cherish when they enter their adult years.
How I Prepare For Thanksgiving:
For us, Thanksgiving isn’t as crazy as Christmas or Easter, but I still make sure I put in time to prepare for it to make it a special day for everyone in my family.
- Mashed Potatoes
- Brussel Sprouts
- Roasted Carrots
- Squash with Maple Syrup
- Cranberry Sauce
- Pecan Pie (we don’t like pumpkin pie)
- Vanilla Ice Cream
Easter and Christmas I tend to do all-day events for food, but Thanksgiving is only dinner. I’m not sure why… It may be because I can’t figure out a cute pancake idea… bunny butt pancakes and reindeer pancakes work, but there is nothing to kick off thanksgiving first thing in the morning.
Prepare the Dining Room Table
Decorate the house for the fall (you can read about my budget friendly fall decor ideas here). I love fall so much that I can’t help it (my husband hates it). I go a little over the top with my dining room table though.
Amazingly, I was able to pick up the leaves and smaller crystal candle holders from the Dollar Store. The mini pumpkins are from The Super Store, and the bigger pumpkins are from Michaels Craft Store. I got the 2 tall gold and crystal candle holders from amazon, as well as the table runner.
I also decorate my living room and the front steps outside of my house. I like to ensure my home feels comfy, cozy and full of love.
We don’t really have too many traditions for Thanksgiving other than gathering together for dinner and eating leftovers for a week straight. We discuss what we’re grateful/Thankful for throughout the day, but we don’t have a specific time that conversation will happen and I’m not positive it happens every year.
What do you do to prepare for Thanksgiving? I would love to hear about it in the comment section.