There are only 4 Tuesdays, counting today, before Thanksgiving 2009 is here. This favorite holiday is known for the many blessings and celebrated through traditions. I'm going to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions and ideas each Tuesday for the next 4 weeks.
One of my favorite things to do is listen to the members of our family tell stories. Many stories are being told and heard for the very first time. Some are repeats, with a slightly different twist and a little exaggeration, but most are just personal history, exciting events from the past year, past Thanksgivings, favorite memories and so on and so on.
Sometimes it can be hard to get the family talking or at least get them heading in the right direction. I like to avoid conflict, so for the past few years whether it's with all of our extended family or just my own husband and children, we have a tradition of sharing stories at the table. I get some help with this of course. I put a place card holder at each table setting. I don't put "name cards". I put one of Cherish Bound's Family Gathering Chat Cards at each person's place setting. Then around the house I take the cute little metal picture holders like the ones shown below and add chat cards to those. As people come to the table they can't help but take the card and read the story-inspiring question on the back. Throughout the house you can hear story swapping and tales being told as curious minds take the chat cards and begin asking questions. You never know what wisdom will be shared, what tall tale will be told, but through story our family comes together and connects on levels we never knew were possible.
I'd love to share these amazing Family Gathering Chat Cards with you all.....So I'm giving away a deck! All you need to do is comment and/or post about your Thanksgiving Family Traditions on your blog and link back here so we can all see and share our traditions. US residence only. Giveaway ends on Monday, November 17 @ 11:59 pm EST. I'll post the winner on my next Tuesday Traditions.