Thanksgiving Traditions + Recipes

November 12, 2015

This time of year gives me all the happy feelings. If you've been around here for a while, you know that I love the holidays, I'm smitten with fall, traditions are my jam, and baking is a love of mine. I'm a firm believer that these four all go hand in hand this time of year. Truly, it just wouldn't be right if they didn't.

With just two weeks (say what?!) until Turkey Day, I thought it was perfect timing to share some of the traditions and recipes from this holiday. And as husband and I begin our own family, creating our own and incorporating time-honored family traditions, I'd love to hear some of yours for inspiration!

  • Growing up we celebrated three Thanksgivings (all on different days), one at one grandparents', one at another grandparents', and one at home. Ya'll that's a lot of turkey! When husband and I married we both agreed that starting our own traditions was really important. We also agreed that incorporating the traditions we had grown up with was important too. So for Thanksgiving we felt really strongly about hosting it ourselves. Since my parents have Thanksgiving dinner the Sunday before Turkey Day, it seemed logical to take on the actual day of Thanksgiving for ourselves, even more so now that baby girl is on her way. So we'll still head to my parents for a weekend before feast, and the day of we will have family to our home.

 ^^ Our first married Thanksgiving (over the weekend feast) at my parents'. ^^

  • A new tradition we started was to cut down our Christmas tree right around Thanksgiving and get to decorating instead of waiting for December to arrive. In the last two years, we've cut our tree down the morning of Thanksgiving and the weekend before Thanksgiving. We're not sure which we prefer, but I think we'll have it figured out after this year when we try cutting it down the weekend after Thanksgiving (if we stick to that plan). Really, the question is to be decorated for Christmas by Thanksgiving or not??

  • Let's not forget the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. I have loved watching this the morning of since I was a little girl, and I still do. Now we pair watching the parade with homemade quiche that I make the night before. And we also stay in our pajamas! Cozy parade watching is the only way to do it. 

R E C I P E S 

While Thanksgiving isn't all about the food, it is a huge part. And I love snacking and munching all day long. Of course not too much so that you can fit all of the delicious meal in later on in the day I'm thinking that might be a problem at almost 36 weeks pregnant this year ;)

Just with our other traditions, we have found new recipes to mix in with classics we both enjoyed growing up. Some of my favorites from my mama's kitchen are cranberry salad, corn pudding, and sweet potato casserole. New recipes we've incorporated in the last two years: walnut sage pomegranate-jeweled cheeseball, spinach mushroom tart. and wild mushroom bacon sourdough dressing. Our first year of marriage we tried cornish hens instead of turkey, but going with the classic turkey route won out. Now we just have to determine how we want to season it. Of course, an after Thanksgiving favorite of mine is a toasted turkey sandwich!

So there's a little peak into how the Hills do Thanksgiving. We're still piecing together our traditions, and I'm sure they'll change over the years. One thing I know for sure, I'm so looking forward to Thanksgiving with our girl next year. She's going to make our family traditions all the sweeter!

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