Thankgiving Tradition: Thankful Turkey

November happens to be one of the busiest months in the TV business – and today, I’m just thankful all my special projects are over.

That means – back to blogging.

And in the nick of time – our Thankful Turkey.

About a week ago, my family gathered around me, our turkey and our thankful feathers to talk about the first thanksgiving. You know the one where the pilgrims and Indians came together to enjoy Pecan Pie, cheese-stuffed celery and Turducken.

As my husband and I laughed over the way the holiday has changed, we tried to bring it back to the basics – thanks-giving.

Even if you do this just for a few days or on Thanksgiving – I think a lesson of gratitude is always an important one for the kids (okay, and for us! After a crazy day at work, nothing brings you back down to Earth like writing you’re thankful for that crazy job you have).

We use one of my favorite Thanksgiving decorations for our turkey. Our little gobble guy happens to be holding a sign that says “Give Thanks.” Could not have planned that better if I tried.

You can use any turkey you’d like as your base for what we call “thankful feathers.” I’ve had friends who cut out a construction paper turkey. You could also grab a cute turkey like this or or this one.

Now for the feathers.

Because my time as a working mom is limited – I try to incorporate my kids into my projects (right now, J.C. is writing the alphabet next to me. Of course a minute ago he was jumping on the bed, but hey – you can’t win them all).

For the “thankful feathers” J.C. traced our feathers from last year.


If you look closely, you can see a random mark off the tracing track. When that happened he said, “Oh! That was clumsy of me. My mistake.”

Cue the emoji with the heart eyes.


And check out that cutting job by mom. Like. A. Boss.


Okay. The gloating’s done. Don’t look too closely at the feather’s cutting job. It’s bad. Really bad. But it’s about more than that. It’s gratitude, people.

Each day (or most days, okay – at least three times a week) leading up to Thanksgiving have each person in the house fill out a thankful feather. My favorite part, tape to the turkey and watch those blessings fill up.

Use feathers to write what you're thankful for leading up to thanksgiving

Next, in the week you have to switch gears from one holiday to the next – save those memories.

We put a paper punch in the bottom of each feather and clasp them together with some of these.
! It’s a great way to remember all the things you have to be thankful for.


Here’s a couple of ours from last year. You’ll notice for the baby, I tried to make his thankful feather about something I’d want to remember – G watching his big brother.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?




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