**This post was sponsored by Family Christian, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own**
When we relocated to Tennessee this summer we were excited to create new memories and traditions. However, as Thanksgiving approached the reality of not celebrating with our family and friends as we have in the past started to hit our hearts hard. We decided that instead of focusing on the things we were missing that we need to focus on creating New Thanksgiving Traditions. So we sat down and made a list of all the ways we could make our first Thanksgiving in Tennessee special and every year thereafter. I hope this list helps you like it has helped us in preparing this Thanksgiving.
- Find a local restaurant that is open on Thanksgiving and eat dinner out. Then drive around your new neighborhood enjoying the holiday decorations.
- Make Thanksgiving dinner for your family and invite friends, neighbors, or co-workers that don’t have anyone to celebrate with.
- Accept an invitation from friends to join them and their family for dinner. Make sure to bring a favorite dish that holds memories for your family to share.
- Purchase a journal and fill half of the pages with things that you are thankful for. You can also include memories of previous Thanksgivings. Mail it back home to your family and ask them to fill it in on Thanksgiving and mail it back to you when it is full.
- Stay in and have Thanksgiving dinner with your family. You can create a traditional meal or take the day to try new recipes together as a family. Purchase new serving dishes or platters to use each year thereafter always remembering that 1st Thanksgiving in your new home.
- Set aside time to Skype or Facetime with your family and friends back home. This way you can share in on their fun and they in yours.
- Start decorating for Christmas and make some fun Christmas crafts. If you don’t want to get dressed for the day feel free to stay in your Pjs and drink hot cocoa.
- Send pictures to your family during the day via text or messenger and ask them to do the same. Create a photo album of everyone’s pictures so you will have a complete memory.
- Volunteer with your church, local food bank or other agency and serve food to those less fortunate or those in need.
These are just some of the ways we have come up with to create new Thanksgiving Traditions. Have you started new traditions when moving? Feel free to share your ideas in the comment section below.