I don't know much, when it comes to Thanksgiving tradition. Just the normal Thanksgiving dinner. For us, after consuming Turkey on Thanksgiving, it usually means Turkey coma! lol! Because family is so far away. It is always just hubby, the kids and I. But I guess, in speaking of tradition in our family, we do the putting up and decorating of the Christmas tree, day after Thanksgiving every single year. Not so glamorous,I know. If anything, I am looking for suggestions as well.
Ever since I was little my family has always watched the Cowboys play while my mom and grandma fixed Thanksgiving dinner. When I became a mother I continued the tradition. Thankfully, LoL, my husband is a cowboys fan as well, so the tradition has continued :)
lol its ok. We decorate the tree the day after too, though this year we might actually have to do it on Thanksgiving because the hubs leaves for training and wont be back until Christmas :/. I just wasn't sure if there was anything leading up to Thanksgiving that we could do to make November a little more special since my hubby won't be here for our Christmas traditions. If you hear of any, please let me know and I'll do the same!
Aww, so sorry. I know how that is. When dh was enlisted, he was deployed many times and was off training more times than I can count when he wasn't! Grr... He missed so many holidays and kids birthdays :( For us, As those dates drew nearer, he always just made it a point to spend as much quality time with me and the kids as he could, before leaving us. Whether out to an amusement park, outdoor activities, date night with me or etc... Just be glad that he will be home for Christmas. Gosh, that is one of the best times to be together. Hope ya'all think of something good. :)
Thank you :). And yea, it stinks but it could be worse, thats for sure. He deploys in Feb for his first deployment. In my eyes its been a blessing that in all of the 8+ years hes been in we've been so fortunate to not have to do a deployment (We've been married for four years) but in his eyes, he can't wait to go. I'm sure you know how that is. I just want to make everything special for him since he'll miss a few things when he is away.
"Can't wait to go". He is a typical Marine for sure! I get that. lol~ ;) No deployment for 8 years? That sounds good to me. I say that for selfish reasons because of the kids and I. But I have had my time with him during his officers program for about 5 years, no deployments. So He is due for another one, because that is what they do and I totally understand. It just honestly and plainly sucks :( depending on where he goes, if possible, use emails, skype, face time, letters? (lol~ oldschool)to make the time go by. They do tend to get lonely out there.
I am older then most of you here but when I was a kid, there was an old black & white movie that came on every Thanksgiving...it was Laurel & Hardy in 'Babes in Toyland'. It is SO cheesy!! But I have a copr and to this day, while dinner is cooking, I watch it with my kids and grandkids, though it is hard to get them to sit still for it. The special effects are NOTHING like what is done today! But it sure brings back memories....
I remember watching "babes in toyland" too, not for Thanksgiving but I do remember watching it.
@Just a wife- I actually just found this really cute idea to write in a notebook about my day and put little newspaper clippings in it and such that I find funny or that reminds me of him. So I'm definitely going to do that. we're not sure yet if we'll be able to communicate via email/skype because hes not going to a base. but i definitely will if we can
I think that is a great idea. You don't know how much they appreciate that stuff when they are away from us. During one deployment in Iraq, dh was fortunate to receive emails from me everyday, except for one weekend that my computer was not working, when I finally wrote back he was so worried and frantic with questions. Poor baby~ lol! But yes, those little things actually get them through the day.
The babes in toyland was that the one with Annette Funicello? We always did the Christmas lottery after Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone put their name in a jar and drew one out so you knew who you had to get a Christmas present for. It was necessary in our family (really big), it would have been impossible and expensive as all get out to get everyone a gift (even if it was just a pack of gum).
One of the thing we have started doing (we can't this year as we are visiting relatives)since we have been married and always been so far from family is inviting other families and Single Sailors/Marines/Airmen/Soldiers over. Other families bring side dishes to share(a double batch) and the singles get a home cooked meal. We do the turkeys, and then we take a whole lay out to his command for those who have duty. It is just something we do every Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am going to miss it this year but since we moved here we are as close as we are gonna get to some of our family that have not had the chance to meet our kids so we thought we would take the time and go see them.
I loved Babes in Toyland with Annette Funicello....that was an awesome movie. I think I will try to find it so my kids can watch it. They are into all the classic movies like me!!!! :)
We start the day with watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV:) my daughter LOVES it...then we watch a Christmas movie:)...We norm have a ton of friends and family over...so its more of the kids watching tv...the guys hanging out and the women cooking:)
When I was a kid: we make turkey hats, play board games and mAe home made ice cream for the pie ( always lived somewhere hot)
When I was a single adult (for those with deployed spouses and o one around): I would volunteer at food drive, cons always has them, if you contact almost any local church they usually have food drive and need volunteers. The night before thanksgiving I would always decorate at the Salvation Army for their thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving day I would always volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless teen shelter, there are several in the area.
As a mom with kids: 1) we read special books about pilgrims and Indians 2) make pilgrim and Indian costumes out of paper bags and construction paper. 3) churn butter, bake from scratch and make a big deal about it 4) make little things for our guests to wear if there is a tone outside our family 5) make an I'm thankful tree. We have a little family picture frame free and we hang little things we are thankful for all over them.
When my kids get older our thanksgivings will probably look more like my single thanksgivings. I want them to grow up with big heart always thinking about others. Fr now they're little and we would be more harm than help at any volunteer situation.
We don't have any great ones. Just the tree the day after, the elf (elf on the shelf) that shows up Thanksgiving Day. Family and/or friends depending on who is going where.
I actually would love to start inviting our local homeless people (we have a few that are "regulars" around here) for a dinner, some leftovers to go and some times to spend indoors with people around here that genuinely care for them and don't see them as "just another bum on the streets". Maybe through that we'll get to know them better, maybe to just understand them, or perhaps aid in them accomplishing more in life. This will be a reality one day... sooner rather than later. I still have details I have to figure out. :)
Nicole- those are awesome ideas! My son is three but I have always been wanting to go to a soup kitchen for the holidays, just can't at the moment because he is too young. We always went to one and volunteered when I was in girl scouts.
Momma2Fur- I've been wanting to start the "elf" tradition too. I just haven't picked it up yet.
For holidays like thanksgiving and Christmas my family always does holiday crackers. We pop them before we eat. They always have a cheap toy, and a paper crown and sometimes a saying of some kind. But we always wear the crown for the meal. It's kinda stupid but it makes it fun and interesting.