Traditions for the Ultimate Family Thanksgiving

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So it is time to start gathering those family recipes and letting your pants out! Thanksgiving is almost here. YES! I love Thanksgiving because …well I love to eat and I love football.

Thanksgiving is now at my house – since I got married that is.

Here is the problem, neither of our families really had any Thanksgiving traditions and we want those for our children. So in looking for some simple traditions that 1) aren’t a ton of work and 2) work for everyone on the guest list, here are the top ones I found.


Everyone loves pie at Thanksgiving. So why not have a make your pie bar. You can do this without baking and premade individual pie crusts .

no bake pies

You can keep this super simple with using pudding cups and toppings or make it is bit more indulgent, but still keeping it strictly no bake. Check out Play Party Plan for pudding pie tips or for 30 no-bake pies you can make in 30 minutes or less. Although a pumpkin pie is on Pure Wow’s list, here is the recipe for the 10 min no-bake pumpkin pie.

However, if you want to go all out then read How to Host a Pie Making Party to learn how to be the pie hostess with the mostess.


We are a big football family. But my husband’s family is not. So half the room is watching and cheering and the other half is watching…their cell phones and tablets! This is a common problem and now there is a solution. LIVE BOARD GAME – FOOTBALL .

football boardgame

Live Board Game makes watching football more fun for everyone. You actually play the game while you are watching. It is passive and active all at the same time. As you watch the game, you place bets on the outcome of the next play and whoever predicts the next play correctly gets the losers’ chips.

It’s kind of like roulette for football. You place bets for as much or little as you like when you like. The game last the whole time the actual football game is going on and everyone can play off and on as long as they still have chips.


Playing games is always fun. Maybe this is going out the park or backyard to play football or sitting around a board game. This is a super easy and relaxing tradition to start.

There are several great options for this. Here are some of my favorites:

A large jigsaw puzzle set out on a separate table that multiple people can work on at once. You can size the puzzle to your crowd. There are 100s of puzzles to choose from. You can even finally get that Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving.

thanksgiving puzzle

If you have an all adult crowd, I suggest getting Cards Against Humanity. Now I warn you that this is a game for adults, is not politically correct, is completely hilarious and comes with the tag line…A party game for horrible people. You’ll want to serve drinks while playing!

cards against humanity

You can host your own Thanksgiving Olympics. For this you need several games that do not take hours to finish. 30 minutes or less is what you are looking for here. Games that work great are Checkers, Connect Four, UNO, Jenga, and Battleship. You can always ask people to bring games they already have. You will need as many games as you want to have rounds. The winner of each round moves to the next round with the next game.

You can also do this outdoors or with teams.  Great options for outdoor games are Bocce Ball, Giant Jenga and Corn Hole.

Having some set traditions and activities can bring down Thanksgiving planning stress and make for great memories. If you have Thanksgiving traditions you love and enjoy, please share them in the comment section below.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

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