I think my love for Thanksgiving really began in college. I just loved getting to go home and relax from school having the excited feeling that this was the kick off to the Holiday season. Now that I am a parent I still feel that way, and I probably love it even more! I know it can be a busy time, especially for young families (and older families too!). The reason I point out young families specifically is that it seems like parents with young children haven’t set up their own traditions or special times together. Some might even feel like it is silly to set aside time just for their family when their children aren’t old enough to remember or appreciate what is happening. I encourage you though, even if your children are young, to not let your family get lost in the shuffle of larger Thanksgiving gatherings. Believe me, I fully understand and appreciate the importance of grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, and friends that are family! Heritage and family connections are so important, and should be cherished if you have them! But spending special time with just your family, even if your children are still babies, is so important. Yep, they might not remember it, but when you look at it from a standpoint of building a relationship with your spouse and child you will never regret spending special time with just your family.
It isn’t a hard and fast rule for us, but we have made Thanksgiving a holiday that we stay home, for the most part. Even if we do need to go to a family gathering, we still find a day or evening to just have our Thanksgiving together. I’m not going to lie, it takes a lot of planning and persistence, but it is totally worth it! We make our own meal, we use our special dishes, we have our own yummy treats… my kids are young but they do notice!
So, with all of that said, there is no specific plan for this week. I figure you will have plenty of cooking and baking activities of your own that your child can join in on. Tonight I am starting my mashed potatoes that I’m thinking I can put my kids to work on the mashing part. They will love that! So, get creative with the things you have to do and try to spend time with your child at the same time! If you have some time for extra activities you can do some of your favorites from the fall activity plans or catch up on some Thanksgiving activities that you maybe didn’t have time for last week!
Hopefully, this Friday I will get week 13 up for Fall. That is the last activity plan for Fall and then we will move on to Winter. There are so many fun activities coming up! I am so excited!
Happy Thanksgiving Week!