Our family is not into all the football games on TV, and we let those we invite know this but we have had impromptu basketball games and touch football games of our own.  We have had long walks through the neighborhood after the big meal to guitar jam sessions with 2 to 6 guitarists playing electric and acoustic both with beginning to experienced musicians.  We have played all kinds of board games, and card games.  We have rented special movies such as Jimmy Stewart's "It's a Wonderful Life" to help us all to be thankful and get us into the holiday spirit.  But the most important thing is sharing what we are thankful for around the table with all of our friends and what families we can each year.  This year we should have a lot to be thankful for; we will have 15 to 20 here sitting around 3 tables and an expected 7 to 13 extra for the activities afterwards -- the most we have ever had.  The Lord has blessed us in many ways, but we always feel very humbled and blessed having our Thanksgivings celebrated in this way with those we love and cherish.
– Peggie W.
Arlington, Texas

A family tradition is to spend the day with younger family members crumbling cornbread for the dressing, knowing just how much love is put into crumbling and that we are all part of what makes Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving.
– Connie C.

Making a craft for the holiday.  Once I made a Pilgrim Hat Flower Pot Centerpiece with a terra cotta pot painted black, the gold buckle, a hat brim, put fake flowers in it.  It was beautiful.
– J.R.M.

My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is just getting everyone together.  The larger our family becomes the more spread out (over the country) we get.  It is so good just to get together!  Of course the food isn't bad either!
– Elaine Y.

Our biggest tradition for Thanksgiving (which I'm sure is very, very common among folks, but is very special and meaningful to my entire extended family) is to go around the table before we eat our delicious feast, and each member has the opportunity to reflect over the past year, and share one thing they're most thankful for.  The biggest problem we run in to is keeping it to one item.  We have so many things to be thankful for, that we want to share them all!
– Kim G.
Northglenn, Colo.

We make a thankful tree.  I use brown craft paper cut to cover the front of my refrigerator.  I draw a tree trunk on it and each day we add leaves to the tree or "ground".  On the leaf we have written something we are thankful for.  You can cut leaves out of construction paper or old wallpaper books.  One year I found tissue paper leaves, and we used those.  This year we are using foam leaf stickers.  If the child is old enough, he can write on his own leaf or mom and dad can help.  We start on Nov. 1 and continue until Thanksgiving Day.  Then we review our tree together.
– Teresa B.
Apex, N.C.

We began our tradition about eight years ago when our remnant of a family needed something to take the blues away!  My husband and I and the last two of our six children moved to Northern California nine years ago, leaving two of our married children behind in Southern California, while the other two were now living in remote parts of our huge country!  Our first Thanksgiving at our new home was rather blue as our other children could not make it home for the holiday with their young families.

When the second Thanksgiving rolled around and we knew the family was not going to be together again, my husband and I decided that something new would take our minds off tradition.  We decided to pack up the family camper and go camping for the weekend.  We found a place nearby that was not too high in elevation and not too cold.  We chose to camp near a lake as our son and dad enjoy fishing while our daughter and I enjoy hiking.  What a great time we had that first year.  With no electricity on the site, we used candles at night and played Yahtzee and other card games.  We sat around the fire and roasted a chicken, and really enjoyed ourselves.  Since then, our adult daughter and her husband have moved more local to our family.  They, too, have taken to our tradition and join us every other year.  (In-laws need their year too.)  We enjoy the wonders of God's creation on this holiday and that is a great thing to be thankful for!
– Elaine H.
Tracy, Calif.