Making Thanksgiving Memories

How To Make Thanksgiving Memories

Thanksgiving is one of the greatest times of the year for making memories.  Memories like: the smell of the turkey roasting or smoking, the desserts cooking and of course the smell of the mash potatoes.

I am convinced that it is not Thanksgiving unless you have turkey and mash potatoes.

Dinner with family

It is not Thanksgiving unless you have turkey and mash potatoes. Click To Tweet

But is so much more than just the yummy food and desserts. It is about the memories that you make with others.

One of my favorite Thanksgivings to date was when I was a sophomore in college. My twin brother was at Liberty University and I was at Bob Jones. We since we both lived within driving distance we would drive home for Thanksgiving.

That year we wanted to bring others with us who lived too far away to be with family. My brother brought 3 people with him and I brought home 6 people. With my younger brother and sister the total came to 14 of us not including my parents.

Every day and night we would play group games, 4 on a couch, signs and more. We would watch movies go to movies together and more.

We were evenly split 7 guys and 7 girls with no one being in a relationship and it was SO much fun.

Hours were spent talking, telling stories and hanging out.

One of the days my father put us to work clearing out some brush but then we got to play afterwards.

I could go on and on about that week. And till this day I remain in contact with my friends from that week.

What memories are you making this year?

The key is to Look for ways to be intentional to make memories. #Thanksgiving Click To Tweet

One of the things we did was take pictures when we had our friends from college staying with us that one year. These were not normal pics but we dressed up with wife beaters etc. We did the Charlie Angels pose and just had fun. I know you want to see the pictures now but if I showed it to you I might have to kill you. JK but seriously not showing them.

The ideas are endless of what you can do to make memories.

Some people play a family game of football afterwards and others have a movie marathon. There are others because of distance have their Christmas gift exchange.

One memory that I have is that of my father having us go around the table sharing what we are thankful for at Thanksgiving.

As a family we have found out about new additions to the family and just had a renewed attitude of gratefulness to God for all He has done.

This is the most important part of making Thanksgiving memories.

Are you taking time to Thank God?

After all this holiday is all about giving thanks to God, NOT Thanks GETTING like some stores say.

Take time to thank God during Thanksgiving! Click To Tweet

Here are some ways that I have found to make some great Thanksgiving Day memories:

  • Finding time and creative ways to give thanks is crucial to developing the right attitude and mindset during this time. God deserve all our thanks and this is a great time to do that as a family.
  • Unplug from your devices. Turn the phones off and just spend time talking, laughing and hanging out together.
  • Watch a movie. My suggestion is an old movie like, “It Happened On Fifth Avenue” or anything with “The Duke.” Love me some John Wayne!!!!!!
  • Play a game together that would involve everyone. Games like 4 on a couch, signs, Catch Phrase and more.
  • Make a tradition. For our family it used to be watching a football game and then a Christmas movie.  One year we watch the Matrix about 10 times (new sound system and HD TV). Find a memory that works for your family.

I hope this gives you some ideas.

I would LOVE to hear about your favorite Thanksgiving memory and traditions that you have as a family!

So in the comment section below share 2 things.

1.     Your favorite Thanksgiving memory.

2.     Your favorite family traditions.

I cant wait to hear your stories!

Comments 2

  1. Hey Jeremy,

    Fun, memory building ideas. This year, our family is off to visit Jenny’s grandparents in Arizona. Our memory building activities will include a road-trip, great food, and lots of time together as a family. We go at such a quick pace the rest of the year, that this time of slowing down, playing games, reading, watching movies, and doing a whole lot of nothing, always ends up being one of the highlights of our year.

    Wishing you and your family a happy Thanksgiving and lots of awesome memories!

    1. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I love hearing how you make memories as a family. Our 1 year old is starting to walk and understand things better so as he gets older I am looking forward to making fresh memories with him and his older brother.

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