Collection of Thanksgiving Traditions

Yesterday we were talking about Christmas and today it’s all about Thanksgiving! A little reversed, I know, but they are all part of ‘the holidays’ right? Even thought I LOVE Christmas, there is just something special about Thanksgiving. It’s a day of spending time with family, eating lots of food and relaxing.

Thanksgiving is also about carrying on old traditions and starting new ones. We have several traditions in my family that I look forward to each year, like my grandma’s sweet potato casserole, watching the Macy’s Day Parade and football!

Today, I put together a collection of beautiful Thanksgiving traditions that people have started in their families. I love these ideas and I can’t wait to start a few of them with my growing family.

Thanksgiving Traditons


1. Create a thankful garland using this beautiful printable from Silverbox Studio found on Cafe Mom.  Have each family member write what they are thankful for and display it around the house.


2. This Thankful Tree from Simply Vintage Girl is absolutely stunning and so thoughtful. You could wrote notes on the first of the month and have them up year round.


3. Lucy from Craftberry Bush shows you how to make these Goldleaf Thankful Walnut favors. Write inspirational messages inside and have each guest open them during dinner.


4. This Thankful Book by Erin Bassett is perfect for a family, especially one with small kids. Have each member fill out what they are thankful for and keep all of the tags in the adorable book. Make one for each year. What a fun thing to reflect back on over the years.

Blessing Jar 2

5. This blessings jar is probably one of the sweetest traditions I have heard of. Marty’s Musings made this jar that is kept out year round reminding her family to count their blessings. Throughout the year they write down a blessing as it occurs and place the piece of paper into the jar.  Then on Thanksgiving they sit down and read each piece of paper. What a wonderful way to reflect on what happened each year.


6. This Grateful Garland by Simply Modern is not only sentimental, it also serves as a beautiful piece of fall decor!

What Thanksgiving traditions does your family carry on from year to year?

I originally shared this post on Mohawk Flooring’s Blog At Creative Home.



Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    Thanks for featuring my blessing jar, Taryn. I have been doing Ann Voskamp’s 1000 Gifts idea and have to get with it writing out some more of this year’s blessings! Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Oh my!

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