8 Frugal Thanksgiving Traditions

Traditions don’t need to be costly.  This year you can create Thanksgiving family traditions without breaking the budget with one or more  of our Frugal Thanksgiving Tradition ideas.

Hand Print Turkey


Create a family of turkeys  with this fun DIY hand print art project from eighteen25.

Over the years you will enjoy displaying your Turkey hand print family reminding you of the once small hands that lived in your home.

Click here for full instructions to create your own Family of Turkeys.

Pumpkin Pockets


Start a new fall tradition with Pumpkin Pockets.  This tradition of depositing notes and treats  in to each family members pumpkin pocket will encourage and bless each person as they read their inspiring notes or find special treats in their Pumpkin Pocket.

This tradition can be used t0:

– Countdown the days until Halloween or Thanksgiving by placing a new note or treat in the pumpkin pocket each day.

– Fill it with notes from each family member the week leading up to Thanksgiving then allow each family member to read their notes aloud during the Thanksgiving meal time.

Click here to get your FREE Pumpkin Pocket  printable and note card printables from Happy Home Fairy.

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt


Between the mashed potatoes and the couch potatoes, Thanksgiving Day can get a little sedentary. Give your family a good excuse to get outside by handing everyone a copy of our themed scavenger hunt. Go as a group or spilt into teams.

Start a new tradition with the Scavenger hunt from Family FunClick here to download and print out your Scavenger hunt

Family MOVIE Night


Gather the family, grab a big bowl of popcorn and choose a family holiday classic movie to watch such as A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) -Turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie… and the Peanuts gang to share them with. This is going to be the greatest Thanksgiving ever! The fun begins when Peppermint Patty invites herself and her pals to Charlie Brown’s house for a REALLY big turkey party. Good grief! All our hero can cook is cold cereal and maybe toast. Is Charlie Brown doomed? Not when Linus, Snoopy and Woodstock chip in to save the (Thanksgiving) Day. With such good friends, Charlie Brown – and all of us – has so many reasons to be thankful.


Dinner Hour Story Time


Begin a new tradition this Thanksgiving with these free Story cards and thankful cards to use during your Thanksgiving celebrations

The story of Thanksgiving is an important reminder to give thanks in all circumstances! Give Thanks is a tool for you to use to help share the Thanksgiving story with family and friends, as well as a creative way to share with each other the things that you’re most thankful for. This six-page down loadable resource includes full instructions and is FREE from iMOM.

Click here to get your free printables.

 Meal Time Conversation

Create fun conversation this Thanksgiving around the table withe these TWO sets of Conversation starters.

Click here to download yours now from Family fun.



Click here to download your free conversation starters from Skip To My Lou.

Family Cookbook


Ask each family member to contribute their favorite Thanksgiving recipe to creating a family Thanksgiving recipe book that can be handed down from generation to generation.  You can create these yourself by typing them up, scanning recipe and printing them or use a photo book company to create and print a copy for each family.


Thanksgiving Memory Book


Each year give each family member a sheet of paper  and ask them to write down all of the things they have been thankful for this year.  Then either place them in a binder or send them to a book printing company and have a book created for each Thanksgiving.  You could also include pictures that the kids have created about what they are thankful for and include snapshots of your family gathering

A fun keepsake to look back on year after year.

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