Thanksgiving traditions are one of my favorite things. It gives me something to look forward to it each year. When I used to work as a nurse, there were many Thanksgivings that I spent away from my family. While I loved taking care of my patients, I really wanted to be at home celebrating our Thanksgiving traditions with my family. They are not elaborate or expensive, but they really mean a lot. My husband is on vacation during Thanksgiving week, so I get a chance to spend more time with him, and he actually gets to relax…a bit. He uses a lot of his time off at home to catch up on some of his paperwork because people aren’t constantly interrupting him. I don’t like it, but I understand.
I thought I’d take a few minutes to share them with you. Earlier this week I shared my Thanksgiving menu, so a lot of these traditions revolve around the food.
- Sleep in. This is one of the days we sleep in. I have to be at work for 6am on Black Friday, so I sleep in as long as possible! We only skip sleeping in if we have to bake or prepare a dish. So I try really hard to do my cooking and baking Wednesday night.
- Skip breakfast so we can eat more at lunch. Okay, as a Mom, I should never advocate skipping meals at any time. Except today. But only today. Well, except for Christmas, that is an exception too.
- We have chicken instead of turkey. I am the only one in the family that eats the turkey, so as a compromise, we decided on chicken. The entire family likes chicken, so it is a win-win situation for us all.
- Watch football. That is an obvious one, but I thought I would share it anyway.
- Take a nap. Even though we don’t have turkey, we still feel the urge to nap. Since I have to be up early, this is a tradition I don’t want to forget.
- Visit the grandparents. This is our chance to get the first round of desserts, and spend some time with my parents.
- Visit my IL’s. Even though we are there for lunch, we head back to have our second round of desserts. This is where I get to have my pumpkin pie and my apple pie.
- Head home to relax. Normally I try to be in bed by 9pm because I work early. Not this year, though. We are going to stay up a little later to watch a movie. It will be worth it for some quality time. I figure I will have an extra cup of coffee in the morning to compensate for less sleep.
So these are some of the traditions that we look forward to each year. Family is very important to me, and the more time I can spend with them, the more content I am.
So tell me, what are your family traditions? What do you look forward to each Thanksgiving?