Thanksgiving brings about so many warm feelings of fall—the smell of cinnamon and mulling spices, the taste of delicious pies, the sound of football on TV, and most importantly, the feeling of togetherness with family and friends. This holiday also marks the beginning of the season to keep our many traditions alive—some of which have been passed down from generation to generation, and some begun a new. These traditions are specific to you and therefore, you are in control of continuing or starting fresh. You and your family may look to the holidays a little differently following the turmoil of a recent divorce. While carrying out your usual family traditions may not be possible this year, there is plenty of room for you to fill that void with something new. Luckily for you, Charlotte is the perfect place to start! Here are a few Charlotte traditions to consider joining with your family and friends this Thanksgiving.
The 29th Annual Southpark Turkey Trot
The 29thAnnual Southpark Turkey Trot is one of Charlotte’s oldest Thanksgiving traditions. This is a great way for both children and adults to get active on Thanksgiving morning. Grab your running shoes and kick off a new tradition trotting through Charlotte alongside your family and friends.
Charlotte’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The largest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Southeast takes place in Charlotte! Join in this year and celebrate the parades’ 70th anniversary with your children. This year’s parade will be filled with decorative floats, talented artists and performers, and fun for all ages.
There are plenty of ways to get involved in the Charlotte community, especially during the holiday season. See what opportunities are available in your community and set aside some time for you and your kids to give back. Helping others who have lived through a difficult time can often help elevate and heal your own emotions as well.
Host a Thanksgiving lunch or dinner and invite friends and family to join. Don’t forget to have your friends prepare a dish! Friendsgiving is a great way for you and your children to surround yourself with the people that mean the most to you.
Take some time to write down what you are thankful for and share it with your kids. The reminder that there are plenty of reasons to be thankful can easily help lighten the mood—after all, the holiday’s main purpose is to express gratitude and give thanks.
Try New Recipes
Get creative in the kitchen. There are oodles of yummy holiday recipes out there. Perhaps you can spice up your Thanksgiving dessert menu with a new pie recipe, or have your kids help you prepare some homemade goodies to bring over to the neighbor. Sweet treats will not only bring about the sweet smells of Thanksgiving, but the taste, and feeling of it too. There’s a great deal of joy to be had with sharing a sweet treat with those that you love.
Remember that traditions are yours and it is up to you to create them. Set a new tradition this year and do away with those that no longer work for you and your family. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it works for your family! The spirit of Thanksgiving doesn’t have to fade in the wrath of change—it should entice you to try something new with hope that the best is yet to come!
by Alexandra B. Kitchen