Creative Traditions for Thanksgiving 2020

Thanksgiving this November may not be exactly what we are used to for our families.  While the table may not be as full of family members, here are some ways to remember family traditions, but also embrace new ones that can create memories for future holidays.

  • Embrace the past– Find a recipe passed down from your grandparents or great-grandparents and recreate it for your own family.  If you are lucky, you will have a hand-written copy of the recipe.

Spanish Bun (cake)

4 eggs (leave out whites of 3 for frosting)

¾ cup butter

2 cups sugar

1 cup sweet milk

2 ½ cups flour

2 teaspoons ground cloves

2 teaspoons cinnamon

3 teaspoons baking powder


1 ½ cups of brown sugar mixed with the egg whites

 Bake until brown

(I set oven at 350F and baked for 1 hour 10 mins.  I added the icing mixture at the 50 min mark)

  • Share your dinner– Make ‘to-go’ plates for any family members that are local and you wish you could spend your day with
  • Document wishes – While we are always thankful during the holidays, have your family write down wishes for 2021 and place them into a clear ornament that you can decorate your tree with. Pull them out and see what you wrote when you decorate in 2021.


  • Family time– Before or after your meal, head outside to spend time as a family to take a walk or play football or basketball
  • Give back– 2020 has impacted so many families, so if your family has the ability to give back locally, network with local organizations and a find a family that you can gift a Thanksgiving dinner to make their Thanksgiving memorable.  Giving is always better than receiving.


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