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Thanksgiving Weekend Traditions

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving weekend has always been a super busy time for me. I was always either off for a couple days from grammar school or taking a quick trip home from college to hang out with friends and family. It's always been an eventful time, full of fun traditions. 
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is a trivia night tradition with all those who came home for the holiday. My sister and I love to organize everyone to get to a local pizza trivia night to hang out with those who have come home for the holiday or those who just decided to stay in the city instead of flying all the way home for only a couple days. It's such a fun way to get us in the festive Thanksgivingspirit. There's not much better than sharing a bottle of champagne and a pizza to toast a little break in your schedule!
Another favorite Thanksgiving weekend tradition of mine is the tree lighting in Union Square. The Christmas season hasn't officially started until I see that big, beautiful tree light up in Union Square. I have been every year since I was a freshman in college coming home for Thanksgiving break. I love to get a perfect viewing spot and camp out with some friends and tasty snacks, listening to the Christmas music performances and really revel in the start of the Christmas season. (I even tend to do a little squeal when it's all lit up.)
The saturday after Thanksgiving is when we really get into the Christmas spirit by picking up our Christmas trees from Home Depot. My sister and I like to get them as early as we can so we can enjoy them for as long as we can. It's a ton of work to log multiple Christmas trees into the house and up the stairs, but it's so worth it when we see those trees aglow with our favorite ornaments and all the twinkly lights.

Have any Thanksgiving Weekend traditions of your own? Share them with me in the comments below!

23 comments:

  1. love the traditions. have a happy Thanksgiving!
    XO Jen | The Single Diaries
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  2. We usually start decorating this weekend as well. In past years, I've always gone Black Friday shopping with my mom and sister, but we're skipping that this year (we're so old!!). :)

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  3. We don't have any traditions yet, but I want to since we have a 1 year old now! Just need to think of cute things! I guess going shopping for Black Friday is a tradition with family.. And we like to put up our tree!

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  4. Besides getting together with family from near and far we don't have any Thanksgiving weekend traditions. It's great that you do. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  5. Canadian Thanksgiving was a few weeks ago and I always love to spend time with my family and friends! Great post :)

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  6. We don't have a huge tradition in Canada for our (families) thanksgiving. But now that I'm living in the USA, I've been decorating and getting everything ready. I can't wait!

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  7. Ahhhh...SF Union Square...I recognize the pic! Many holiday cards have been created using that large tree as a backdrop! And I love to watch the people skate on the rink too. My family and I visit this place at least once during the month of December...that probably would count for a tradition. :)

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  8. Our tradition is to eat, go to a movie, come home and eat again. Real Americans right here. Ha!

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  9. Fun and unique! We just like to eat and relax, especially when stores are closed and we enjoy having no other plans!

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  10. I've always wanted to see Union Square during the holidays. Maybe this is the year! We started a new tradition -- decorating the family tractor and trailer with tons of lights for our local Tractor Light Parade. It is a lot of fun.

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  11. I love traditions! We always set up out Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Lol, we'd do it sooner because we love Christmas so much but decided to let the turkey have his time ;)

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  12. I'm in love with your Thanksgiving Eve Pizza/Trivia night! What a great idea. I love traditions that aren't the usual. Enjoy it this year!

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  13. Canadian Thanksgiving was a month ago, so unfortunately it's a bit too far back to tie in with the Christmas holidays. I usually put my tree up around December 1st :)

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  14. I love hearing other people's tradition! My family always puts up our Christmas tree after we have our Thanksgiving dinner <3

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  15. Because we do not celebrate thanksgiving here in the UK same time as the U.S I can not really say I have we have a tradition but we always go to church spend time there with family and friends then head home for some much needed family time.

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  16. Sounds like great traditions! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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  17. I knew right away that was Union Square! Oh I miss living in SF. The tree lighting is fantastic.

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  18. We don't have that much traditions when it comes to Thanksgiving but we do have a few that we do for Christmas. I do however try and watch the Macys Thanksgiving parade with the kids.

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  19. This sounds like so much fun. I always get our tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving and start to decorate with football on and Christmas music.

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  20. I love the trivia night idea- how much fun is that!

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  21. Pizza trivia night -- LOVE! That is such a great idea and EASY. Holiday times can become so hectic, but getting together and having easy fun is such a great idea. Happy Holidays!

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  22. Its always tradition for me to make pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving. Cant stop now:)

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  23. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family! It's our new tradition to a lot of holiday online shopping after dinner :)

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