In the United States, Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition. Most of us surround ourselves with loved ones to enjoy a large meal, sharing what we're thankful for and watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Others decide to run a Turkey Trot, or hunker down with their favorite holiday movies. But between the food, travel, and other expenses, Turkey Day can be expensive. That's why Romper asked moms to share their favorite, cheap Thanksgiving Day traditions, because you don't have to spend a pretty penny to make a memory, my friends.
I remember my family's Thanksgiving tradition rather vividly: we'd go to my aunt’s house for a meal and hang out with my cousins. We'd always watch Curly Sue and Home Alone, so even though you could argue neither are "Thanksgiving movies" I generally associated both with the day. And, of course, I'd always watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with my mom in the morning.
Now that I’m a mom I'm trying to establish my own traditions that my so, hopefully, will one day look back on and remember vividly, too. While the day centers around eating (duh), I also make it a point to wake up early and watch as much of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with my son as possible, and then do at least one craft project with him. We always listen to Adam Sandler’s “Thanksgiving Song” and Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant", and I think this year I might revisit an old tradition from my 20s and adopt a turkey via Farm Sanctuary. I also watch Pieces of April, either the day of or just before Turkey Day, because it’s my absolute favorite Thanksgiving film and I’ll defend Katie Holmes to the bitter end.
Every family is different, of course, and the beautiful thing about being a parent is being able to decide what traditions work for your family and which ones aren't worth the time, money, or energy. So if you're looking for a cheap way to establish an ongoing Thanksgiving Day tradition, here's what works best for the following moms: