for almost every Thanksgiving for several years now my husband and i have been going to upstate NY and staying with his parents. every year the weekend after Thanksgiving in the "village" area of the town they live in they do "Dickens Christmas." so basically people dress up as Dickens characters and walk around and talk like them and they have Father Christmas and they sing carols and there are roasted chestnuts (which btw are disgusting) and you can walk around the shops and stuff and i dunno its super cheesy but i LOVE it and it became a tradition for me. they are in the process of moving to NC where we are going for Thanksgiving this year and it occurred to me there is a really big chance i will never do the Dickens Christmas thing again. (SAD!)
so im looking for some traditions to replace that. im specifically thinking Thanksgiving because i think that will be the one time of year my inlaws will have their entire family together and right now there are 3 grand babies with one on the way. one is only a baby but then their is BP and her cousin who is the same age and i think it would be really special to have some sort of tradition for the kids to do with their grandparents every year. i think my MIL would be in heaven too.
i know there is already this threadhttp://forum.theppk.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=23816&hilit=holiday+traditions
but that's specifically geared towards Xmas. non religious traditions would be best because my husband's family is Jewish so something like baking Xmas cookies wouldnt be appropriate but my BIL's girlfriend is like super uber Jesus loving Christian so i think staying away from anything religious would just be best. plus Thanksgiving isnt really a religious holiday anyways.
ideas i have come up with would be the kids waking up and helping Bubbe (my MIL) make breakfast the day after Thanksgiving or something
my MIL always makes these cinnamon rolls every year so maybe having the kids "help" with that.
having my in laws make place mats with the kids for everyone for Thanksgiving dinner
everything else i can think of has a Christmas theme to it like finding a tree lighting to go to together or something. i dunno if they would want to do that. i mean they did go to the Dickens Xmas thing every year with me so it's not like they are like "oh no we cant do that"
im struggling for ideas.
it doest matter if it ends up being a messy idea its more about making the memories than the end product (ie 2 year olds"helping" make breakfast). my MIL would happily let the kids trash her house if it meant they were spending time with Bubbe doing something fun.
im also open to Christmas and Hanukkah tradition ideas for later. i know i used to make sugar cookies every year with my mom and grandmother before Xmas and after my grandmother passed away i stopped doing it because i was too sad. i know my parents still do it every year so i asked my mom if me and BP can join this year.
my understanding of Hanukkah is traditionally it's not the BIG DEAL that Xmas is (though it appears that retailers are trying to force it to be a BIG DEAL). right now BP has her own menorah and last year she and my husband lit the candles every night and we gave her a small gift. last year my in laws were here for Hanukkah so we got to celebrate with them which was nice. this year Hanukkah is really early and we will have just gotten back from traveling and there is a really good chance i wont even have gotten the menorah out of the attic yet.