Well, with Thanksgiving next week, I've been working on my family's menu, getting everything ready for Thanksgiving day. This includes putting together our family Thanksgiving tradition. So I was just wondering... what does your family do in the way of a special tradition on Thanksgiving?
In our family, after the menu is all planned out, I use my graphics program and create a nice, colorful Thanksgiving Menu, listing everything we'll be having for dinner that day. I try to make it look special, like a nice restaurant special menu, with colorful seasonal images and fancy fonts, the year, etc. Then I print it out on a heavy white greeting cardstock on the color printer. I print only one copy, and then I display the menu a few days before Thanksgiving on the dining room table, with a pen next to it. Sometime between when I place the menu there, and when our Thanksgiving dinner is served, all the members of our family take a few minutes and on the back of the menu, they write what they're most thankful for this year. It can be just a short sentence or longer, whatever they want. Then when we sit down to dinner on Thanksgiving, we take a few minutes and each person reads what they wrote.
After dinner, I laminate the menu with our notes, and place it in a special holiday scrapbook we keep.. taped so that it can be turned to see both our menu that year, and the notes we wrote on it. I love going back and reading those and seeing what we wrote in previous years. Our whole family enjoys rereading them in later years.
So that's our family tradition. Anyone else care to share yours?
And a big Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here, even if you're in a country that doesn't recognize the holiday!