Thanksgiving is all about tradition. From the turkey to the cranberries, the menu for the holiday is usually as set in stone as you can get. Every year, though, I like to try to change up (at least) one little thing about my Thanksgiving dinner. And although people are often skeptical, me changing things up a bit has led to some new family favorites, that step in year after year as new traditions. This time around, I decided to try a new pumpkin pie recipe.
I am a big believer in the family dinner.
A friend recently asked me what sorts of traditions I’ve continued with my children that my parents started with me, and the first thing out of my mouth was, “Well, we make a point to eat dinner together every night.” Dinnertime is our time to unwind from the day, and reconnect as a family. I make it a priority for all of us to eat together, even though our schedules are busy, and I often feel like I’m driving a shuttle bus around after school. Eating dinner as a family was part of my childhood, and I am glad that I’m able to make it a consistent part of my children’s world as well. It’s our time to talk, to discuss, to laugh and to learn about each other and our days. In this busy, crazy whirlwind of activity lifestyle, it’s our time to settle in as a family.