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A simple Thanksgiving day tradition

Updated on November 29, 2013


Each year we gather around the table, or tables with friends and family to give thanks for all we have, to share a good meal, and create memories.

Having traditions, in my opinion is especially good for kids, as they grow up, what will they look back and remember? What will they decide to share with their own kids one day? What about family that will pass as the years go on? What would you like to remember about them? For me, I want to remember my mother and father, who are well into their senior years.

My idea is not new, and it's not difficult or fancy, but it can give you years of memories and can be passed on throughout generations. It's just a simple Thanksgiving tradition. We just started ours in 2013, and I can't wait to see how it changes over the years.

What you need

  • A fabric tablecloth, cotton or polyester
  • Fabric markers (as many or as few as you'd like)
  • Family and friends!

What to do...

Place your table cloth out and ask guests to trace their hand print, adding the year, their name, and things they are thankful for.

That's it! Enjoy what they've written for years, even after Grandma's and Grandpa's have moved on and passed away, their happy memories of this holiday can be preserved in the table cloth, and you can watch your children's hands grow and change over time.

When the holiday has ended, carefully wash your tablecloth and use it year after year, adding more and more hand prints. Watch how it magically creates memories and makes a great conversation piece. Pass it down to your own children as they grow up and celebrate Thanksgiving with their own children one day.

Thanksgiving hand print


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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I like this idea that will carry on for years and remind us of our blessings. Having prompts such as this is helpful as many people are too shy or can't think at the moment of what to say.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A simple Thanksgiving day tradition this day sounds such a special day and a time for family to be together to enjoy a good meal, conversations and to share special moments too.

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      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      I've only recently started understanding how to time holiday Hubs. Started thinking about some Thanksgiving and Christmas ones a little late myself. And still haven't done them anyway. But there's always next year.

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks Nate! I was about a week late on this hub.

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      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      Great idea, I love it! Sounds like good fun and a cool memento too.