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5 Traditions for Creative Families


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Thanksgiving "Guest Book"

Thanksgiving is a holiday full of traditions, whether it's watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as a family, playing a game of flag football in the back yard once the turkey's in the oven or making the exact same side dishes every single year. If you're looking for a new, creative tradition to add to the list, consider starting a Thanksgiving guest book that everyone at dinner has to sign before you eat. This guest book isn't just a list of names and good wishes to the host, it's a sentence or two about what each guest is thankful for that year. One year the entry might be family-only, but if your neighbors come over the next year, ask them to sign the book as well. You'll laugh and cry as you look back on the entries of years past, that might include silly thoughts like, "Thank goodness the fire department didn't come when I burned the sweet rolls today" to more serious mentions of family illnesses or college graduates. Don't forget to leave room on each page for a group photo.


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