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Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions from North Texas Kids Readers & Cookbook Giveaway

Submitted by on November 21, 2011 – 2:54 pm2 Comments

Thanksgiving Traditions - Gratitude Turkey

In the November issue of North Texas Kids Magazine, we highlighted our families’ favorite things about Thanksgiving. We had so much fun with this that we decided to do a special feature about your family’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Thank you so much to everyone who sent in an email sharing with us your favorite customs and things about Thanksgiving. We enjoyed reading them and are excited to feature them in this article! As a bonus, we decided to give away 2 great cookbooks: Freshalicious and Pot Luck Heaven . Everyone who sent in an email about their favorite Thanksgiving traditions was entered into the drawing. We will be announcing the winner on our Facebook page and in Thursday’s newsletter.

T. Jordan
Lots of food and friends, home cooked meals, and shopping of course!

The Mueller Family
Favorite Thanksgiving custom is going for a walk after dinner and spending time with the family.

The Vandivers
My favorate traditions are having my house filled with family !!! we all have lunch then watch football and visit. Then eat more and sometimes take naps. We all have a good day!

The Crossmans
Kids read Psalm 100 aloud, then we all share 1 thing we’re thankful for. Then we eat too much & nap on couch!

The O’Briens
Happy Holidays! Our Thanksgiving gathering is really small so I will premeire a deluxe “gourmet” dinner every year using pricey ingredients, something I do not fix any other time of year (such as duck). Mostly comes out really good. We also like to make “mixed media” turkeys for the table out of whatever materials we have; leaves, left over art project bits, fabric, etc. Not much for watching the game, but we may go to the park and toss around the football!

The Hailes
For our Thanksgiving, we get together with my extended family. We all gather at my aunt’s house and gab and watch the kids play while my aunt and mom make lunch. It is not a spectacular event, but considering my cousin’s live four hours away now, it’s the perfect time to see them and the babies.

Brandy H. and her family
The things my children have told me is how much they appreciate the traditions we do each year for Thanksgiving.  Every year it’s the same things – watch the Cowboys Football game, eat the traditional Turkey dinner with all the tradiitonal fixings (no fancy stuff!) – each of us will share things we are thankful for during dinner and then enjoy pumpkin pie for dessert! 

The Andrus Family
One of our family traditions is getting up early Thanksgiving morning to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. My mom used to make homemade cinnamon rolls and tea/coffee and we would all sit in our pajamas and watch the parade form start to finish. Now that I’m a mom we do the same thing in our house with my husband and son. It is a tradition that brings back many good memories and a lot of happiness.

The Smiths
Every year we spend Thankgiving with my husband’s family.  I love seeing my children interacting with cousins that they do not see very often and I love the fact that I only have to bring a side dish!  I bring my mother-in-law’s famous corn casserole. There are 40 plus people there and it just feels like what Thankgiving is all about, a lot of relatives eating together. One of my favorite parts is when we all hold hands and pray.  And then after we have eaten our pie, someone brings out the newspaper and we circle the Black Friday deals that we want to get!

The Hernandez Family
We always watch the Thanksgiving Parade, turkey is in the oven since 4:00am, make some crafts with our daughter, she is 4 years old and then take a late lunch.  We sit together and first pray and give God Thanks for the food and all of our blessings and we always eat “tostones” which they are made from the green plantains and fried, we are from Puerto Rico, now living in Plano, Texas.  Well, of course the turkey with the gravy, sweet potatoes with cinnamon, brown sugar and marshmallows, rice, black beans (cuban style!), fried yucca with onions, stuffing (puertorrican style! it is yummy!!! make with ground beef, almonds and a bunch of more stuff, is a secret recipe!) and for the dessert flan de queso (like a custard make with cream cheese) and pumpkin flan. Thanks! and Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Judy C.
Our Family was very large.  We had 11 kids and my Grandmother so it was always very exciting at Thanksgiving because all of the Aunt and Uncles would join in with all their children and any friends or neighbors that had no place to go, they were welcome too. The best part was very late at night the night before Thanksgiving when all the kids and grandmother were asleep, I could have some one on one time with my mom. We would clean the turkey, bake cornbread for the dressing, bake pies, and all of this would allow time with my mom that I could never get because there were always others demanding her time. It was great spending this time with her and now that she is gone, I can take this time to reflect on the importance of that time. I have no daughters, but I do have daughters-in-laws and one wonderful granddaughter that I have started my own tradition with. We prepare the turkey, bake the cornbread and the pies. It is very important to keep our traditions alive.

The Ricketts
My husband and I are both from Kingston, JA and did not grow up with this holiday.  In fact both of our birthdays are within days of Thanksgiving.  I remember as a child not really understanding what the big deal was about this turkey, when I felt eveyrbody should be paying attention to me and my big day…HA!  As a couple we have had some non-traditional celebrations. We’ve spent it in the Bahamas and Toronto. A couple of years ago we took all three kids to Tahoe, that was a disaster as we had no idea how to ski or that it would be much colder at the top of the mountain than near the hotel!  There are some prized photos of the kids that year. Last year my mom came to visit us in Dallas as our first Thanksgiving here, my husband ran the Turkey Trot and when we got home the kitchen smelled like Heaven and the turkey was already finished.  I made the sides and they were almost as good as my mom’s cooking, which is saying alot. This year it’s just my husband and the kids, so I’ll be doing all the cooking. I am little nervous (and a little sad) because it will be my first “traditional” one without my mom’s help.  She’ll be in Orlando this year.


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