Thanksgiving traditions - some things are worth doing year after year

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Since we used to move a lot, some of our traditions have changed over the year but the ones that we keep are the ones that bring us closer together with our family, friends and loved ones.

We put the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on and catch it as we can while cooking and getting ready.

We live near Ken's family, so we go up to his moms now, whereas we used to host. One of the things she does that we always did was invite those who had no other place to go or who just wanted to be a part of the family gathering. Everyone is welcome.

Another thing we do is NOT leave all the work up to one person- everyone or at least each branch of the family has certain things that they bring. Two things that we always bring are deviled eggs and pumpkin roll. Everyone has their specialties though several of us try at least one new dish each year.

When we come back home we declare it the start of the Christmas season and break out the Christmas tunes and listen while we get a turkey and stuffing going here (we didn't the first year we went to gram's and it was AWFUL not having leftovers) then we settle down to watch the original Miracle on 34th Street in black and white.

It is also officially time to start with the decorating. We pull the boxes out and check the lights at least, sometimes we'll actually get to the trees, sometimes not, depending on if I have to have my trigger finger ready at midnight est for the Black Friday deals online. ;-)

My girls are older now, so it is easy for me to say these are the things that mean the most to them as they are the ones that we all continue.

What traditions do you have or want to start? I'm always looking for new ideas.
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