This Thanksgiving while you’re enjoying your turkey and pumpkin pie, we encourage you to share family memories and dredge up old family stories.
Take the time now and every holiday to add family storytelling to your list of family traditions.
How will your family spend Thanksgiving this year? According to geneology expert Kimberly Powell, the top five Thanksgiving traditions celebrated across the United States include:
Football on Thanksgiving day is just as popular as turkey and pumpkin pie.
This is an important Thanksgiving tradition that families share in unique ways. Some take turns sharing why they’re thankful, others have a thanksgiving show and tell and others keep it simple with a special Thanksgiving prayer before they eat.
46 million Americans watch a Thanksgiving parade live or on TV each year.
95% of Americans will enjoy turkey and all the trimmings this Thanksgiving.
Breaking the wishbone and making a wish is a popular family tradition that goes hand in hand with the traditional turkey meal.
At A Place for Mom, we’re suggesting you add a new family tradition to your Thanksgiving celebrations this year:
Share your family history.
Whether you have an oral or written family history, studies show that it’s important to share your family history with each other. Thanksgiving and other special holidays are a great time to share these family stories (even if you’ve all heard them before).
Sharing your family history keeps the lines of communication between generations open, and ensures that important information like genetic health factors are not lost. But there are other reasons that it’s important to share your family history:
Share stories that are funny, interesting, or just important to your family and it’s identity. Stories which give context to your shared family values are also important to keep alive. These could include stories like:
What is the greatest benefit you’ve experienced or the most interesting thing you’ve learned about your family history on Thanksgiving? Share your experiences and stories with us in the comments below.