Traditions! Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Monday, Readers, I hope your Monday is off to the best start! If not, just know that there are only three days until Thanksgiving. You’ll get through!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, lets talk about this awesome holiday! Questions to be thinking about while reading this post: How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? What are some traditions that you have? How did these traditions come about? Now that I’ve got you thinking, I’m going to tell you a little bit about how I celebrate Thanksgiving!

The first thing that you should know is that Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday – even more so than the Fourth of July (which is a close second). Thanksgiving comes at the perfect time. The fall season is just coming to an end, and if we’re lucky like we are this year, the snow is just starting to flurry in. It is a very cozy time, and I’m ALL about cozy. I also believe that Thanksgiving is the most overlooked holiday because the huge blockbuster holiday, Christmas, is so close behind. Not to say that I don’t love Christmas, but I’m always one to root for the underdog, and Thanksgiving is my underdog holiday.

So what will I do when I trek across the great state of Michigan to go home for my favorite holiday? Let me tell you about some of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions.

First off, the morning of Thanksgiving encompasses my favorite smells and feelings in the world. When I wake up at about 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, the first thing I smell is the turkey my dad is basting downstairs, complete with his very famous, very delicious homemade stuffing. He has made it ever since I was little, and it truly wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without that smell swirling around in my nose as I creep downstairs to watch the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade (always Detroit, never New York). The parade is another tradition I’ve grown up with. My sister and I always anxiously await Santa being given the key to the city by the mayor AGAIN. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without that key exchange.

Thanksgiving dinner is always the best, whichever side of the family I’m with. I think you all should know that the green bean casserole my mom makes is too good to be true and is definitely one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes. What’s yours?

One last tradition for this wonderful holiday takes place the day after. My family always always ALWAYS puts our Christmas decorations up the Friday after Thanksgiving whilst jamming out to the Elvis Christmas CD. We always end up reminiscing and laughing until we cry at the fact that every year we can never remember which garland goes where. (An odd thing to laugh at, but I’m telling you, we have them LABELED and every year we still screw it up!) To cap this day off, we watch Bing Crosby’s classic White Christmas and fall asleep with the fire from our fireplace dancing in our eyes. It’s a dreamy day, folks, trust me.

This is a picture of my sister and myself with our live Christmas tree a few years ago!
This is something my family does every year the day after Thanksgiving: we go to a Christmas tree farm and get our live Christmas tree!

So now that I’ve told you about my traditions, what are yours? What do you do every year that makes this holiday special? Think about it and reflect on it. I’d love to know!

Happy Thanksgiving, Readers! Enjoy your turkey day!

Until next time!

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Published by Mikaila Bisson

Hi there! I'm a Hope Senior from Sterling Heights, Michigan (about 45 minutes North of Detroit). I'm an English major with a Creative Writing emphasis (fitting), and have a Business minor. I'm super active in Hope life. I am a Student Ambassador, the Senior Treasurer on the Executive Board of Nykerk, and was involved in Orientation as an AD. I also work on campus at the Career Development Center as a Career Advisor, and at Hope's Physical Plant. I love playing any kind of sport (soccer's my favorite!), have a weakness for shoes, eat dessert twice a day, read like its my job, am currently watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix, and have a passion for Golden Retrievers. Contact me at because I'd love to hear from any and everyone. Also feel free to follow my super trendy Instagram account at @miktroubleee or my equally as trendy, even more Hope-filled Twitter account at @hopemikaila17 .

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  1. I can attest to the delicious stuffing! I was graced with the opportunity to taste it last night! Yum!

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