Thanksgiving Day Traditions that Make the Holiday Special

Thanksgiving is a day of traditions that have been carried on from generation to generation.  Every family has traditions that might be a little different from others, but most families practice at least one of these top five traditions on Thanksgiving Day. Budget Blinds wants to share with you these traditions and maybe inspire your family to start a couple new traditions this year.

1. Thanksgiving Dinner: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and More…

The classic Thanksgiving dinner is a tradition that makes everyone smile.  Even if you have been bickering with family members all day, you know that once that turkey hits the table it will get very quiet and the focus will be on the fabulous meal. It can be a major labor of love slaving in the kitchen preparing dinner but, with the help of others, Thanksgiving dinner is always a success. A typical Thanksgiving dinner includes a turkey and ham for the main dishes. Traditionally, side dishes are brought by the guests to contribute to dinner.  Some side dishes include mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, rolls, salads and yams. Lastly, there is the best part of dinner–the delicious desserts like pumpkin pie with whipped cream, apple cobbler and bread pudding. This traditional Thanksgiving gathering dates back to November 1621, and will continue to be around for many years to come.

2. Black Thursday Shopping: Shop till You Drop

Serious shopping is a tradition that has recently made its way into Thanksgiving Day. Until recently, Black Friday shopping would take place the Friday after Thanksgiving, but now Black Thursday takes place pretty early in the evening of Thanksgiving Day. This tradition can take some getting used to for some family members, but it is a fun time to experience together. You can fill an evening finding some killer deals or seeing major entertainment. If you want to partake in shopping but don’t want to go out to the stores, some major department stores offer online shopping throughout Thanksgiving Day so you don’t even have to leave the house to get your early Christmas shopping done.

3. Football: Professional or Amateur

Football has been a large part of Thanksgiving, from a front yard family pickup game to watching your favorite professional teams play. A pickup game with your family a good way to get everyone moving after a large meal but you need to be careful to make sure it’s a friendly game so no one gets hurt. If you are watching on the big screen, serve dinner between games or make sure to hit record so you don’t miss any major touchdowns. Football is a game that brings people together and can be enjoyable for the whole family.

4. Wishbone: Make a Wish


Breaking the wishbone from the turkey is a tradition that brings you good luck. Traditionally, the wishbone is set aside for three days to allow it to get brittle and then two people pull it apart with their wish in mind. The person who is holding the piece with the center section still attached will end up having their wish come true. It is a delightful tradition that, at times, children can’t wait the three days and want to break the wishbone right away so they can have their wish come true as soon as possible.

5. Be Thankful: Give Thanks

This is the tradition that this holiday is based on, hence the name Thanksgiving. Giving thanks on this day can mean different things to different people. In some religious backgrounds it can mean praying over the meal. For some cultures it is giving a toast before dinner. Other families have the tradition of going around the table and saying what they are thankful for and what they want for the future. This tradition makes us take time out of our busy lives by stopping and giving thanks that we are able to have a wonderful meal with the people we love. No matter what your background, it’s a time to reflect and give thanks for all the good things in your life.

Non-traditional Traditions: A Few Extra

Those were five basic traditions that probably take place in almost every home during Thanksgiving Day. But here are some fun, non-traditional traditions that may take place in your home and, if not, maybe add them to your list for this year.

  1. Take a nap (who doesn’t love a good nap on the couch)
  2. Fight over who gets the Turkey legs
  3. Update your window treatments before the family comes over

Happy Thanksgiving to You!

Budget Blinds wants you to have a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoyed these top traditions that have been carried on through generations. If you haven’t tried some of these we hope you are able to make new traditions with your family. Let Budget Blinds know in the comments section below what your family’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions are.