Thanksgiving Traditions

I just love the week of Thanksgiving.. Growing up, family started arriving a few days before the big day, and the festivities lasted all week long. Now that I'm an adult, I'm blessed to have married into a fun-loving in-law family. So, the celebrations doubled after I joined the Metz family. My husband, Michael, and I go back and forth every year between family celebrations. His family lives about 6 hours from us in Michigan and we typically travel there, but this year we hopped a plane to Louisiana to celebrate Thanksgiving with his parents and extended family (grandparents, aunts, and uncles, etc.) in the deep south! So, since we are out of town I prepared a few blog posts ahead of time for the holiday week. Today I'm sharing some of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions I've enjoyed over the years. Outfit details are linked at the bottom of the post.

1. Peeling Potatoes with Cousins the Night Before Thanksgiving
Growing up, my best friend and cousin Julianna always came to stay for Thanksgiving. We always got the duty of peeling potatoes the night before. Sometimes others would join in and help. We usually had somewhere around 20-30 for dinner, so it was no small task! Lots of laughs and fun times were had around a giant pile of potato peelings.

3. Reading all the Black Friday Ads Before Dinner
Back before technology took over the world, the ladies would make sure to pick up a newspaper early Thanksgiving morning (or send the men to get one) and spread the ads all over the coffee table, and floor etc. and read all the ads together! So fun!

2. Singing before Thanksgiving Dinner
We usually have a lot of family at my parents' house for Thanksgiving dinner. My dad always led us in the Doxology/Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow before we ate dinner. Coming from a musical family, it was so fun to harmonize with all of my cousins, aunt, uncles, and grandparents. It never fails to bring lots of tears to our eyes and help us realize how truly blessed we are!

4. Going Around the Room Telling What We're Thankful For
In the years when we had smaller gatherings, we always went around the room and listed what we were most thankful for. This is a tradition my husband's family also shares. I love how our families put an emphasis on the real meaning of Thanksgiving.

5. Games After Dinner
My family played games here and there over the years, but when I married into the Metz family is when this tradition really started. My husband's family is all about the laughter and games and they always play games in the evening after dinner.

6. Black Friday Shopping
I'm mostly an online shopper these days, but I do enjoy getting out in the hustle and bustle. My sister Brooklyn, Julianna, and I usually go out for at least a few hours late on Thanksgiving night. One year when MP3 players had just been released, Julianna, Brooklyn, me, and my Aunt Michele waited in line outside in the cold for a long while and when we got to the front counter the last one was sold right in front of our eyes. We still laugh about that one and say we'll never do that again! HA! We usually end the night with a trip to White Castle for cheeseburgers, mozzarella sticks, and Big Red! The perfect way to top off our healthy Thanksgiving cuisine. ;)

7. Family Time
All the activities and traditions are always so much fun, but I think my favorite Thanksgiving tradition of all is just spending time with family talking and catching up. I am so grateful for the family and friends I am blessed to have in my life.

What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions?

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  1. I love the week of Thanksgiving, too! I always feel like it's one of the most fun times of the holiday season, because of the anticipation of everything that's getting ready to begin. :)

    My mom, sisters, and I have always gotten together to break bread for the dressing a few days before Thanksgiving. It's such a simple thing and it doesn't take as long as it used to, but I always look forward to it and it's one of those things that really makes it feel like Thanksgiving week. And on Thanksgiving morning we always watch bits and pieces of the Macy's parade while we're cooking. It wouldn't feel like Thanksgiving without it. :)

  2. All of this sound really nice and fun. As for my family, we do not celebrate Thanksgiving. We are everyday grateful for everything that we have and what we are given. Even though here in Canada Thanksgiving is way earlier, we still enjoy Thanksgiving in US too! It is such a wonderful holiday!

  3. BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS!!!! You are so beautiful!

  4. These are such sweet family traditions! I bet it's a lot of fun being a part of a large family. This post got me thinking about some of the traditions my family enjoys over Thanksgiving:

    -Mom and I always love to look at the Black Friday ads but we've never once gone out Black Friday shopping!
    -We live in Charlotte, NC and the weather is usually pretty mild so we have a bonfire on Thanksgiving night.
    -We really enjoy music as a family so my dad and brother will get out the guitars, or we'll listen to some great music together or watch great music videos and classic concerts in the living room.
    -I cook the entire meal by myself. Not only do I really enjoy cooking but I especially enjoy the feeling of getting to serve my family by letting everyone else relax.

    One funny note from your post - I miss Big Red so much!!!! We don't have that in NC and now I'm craving it something terrible! :)

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