Thanksgiving Traditions that Make Memories

By: By Teresa Hansen

Thanksgiving is a time of family, food and fun. Here are some ideas of traditions you can start that will give you those "warm fuzzy feelings" for years to come!

•Watch the parade on TV or make an effort to attend the parade. Don’t forget a thermos of hot chocolate

•Family Portrait Time--use this picture for Christmas cards

•Decorate with: gourds, indian corn, corn stalks, pine cones, fall leaves, cornucopia, a large pine cone turkey with feathers

•As family gathers, this is an excellent time for making a personal history video helping to connect the generations.

Ask questions such as:

•What was life like when you were our age?
•What were your parents like?
•What were your brothers, and sisters like?
•What was your happiest memory as a child? your saddest?
•How did you and your spouse meet?
Ask the interviewee to bring along momentos or pictures for your children to look at.

Here is a great webpage full of other interesting questions to ask.
http://articles.scrapbooking.com/family_history.htm

•Break out the Christmas music

•Watch a favorite holiday movie each Thanksgiving to bring on the Christmas season such as: It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa ClauseComputer Technology Articles, Little Drummer Boy.

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