How do you create new holiday traditions that still capture what that holiday is about? I am mostly thinking about Thanksgiving because it’s the holiday that’s coming up next month, it’s the holiday that typically comes along with some of the richest foods and it’s the holiday I think of as being the most food focused. Is Thanksgiving supposed to be just about food? I think of Thanksgiving as a holiday about gratitude, things I am thankful for. When I think about it this way (instead of thinking about Thanksgiving dinner), I can think of many ways to celebrate this holiday. There are so many things I am grateful for and I would love to spend a day focusing on that!
Rebekah and I have a Thanksgiving tradition that we have been doing for several years now. We “adopt” a turkey from Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a
project. We give a donation and then they send us a picture of our turkey along with its biography. We display our turkey in our house all through the holiday season. We started this the first year we became vegan-we liked how it was symbolic for us not eating turkeys (or any other animals) anymore. Turkey
Farm Sanctuary usually has a celebrity be the spokesperson for the Adopt a Turkey project each year. This year, the spokesperson is Ellen Degeneres. I am very excited about Ellen being a vegan because she is really able to get the vegan message out there with her show and just her celebrity in general.
*Here are some possibilities for new holiday traditions/celebrations:
*Thanksgiving Day Hike or other outdoor adventure
*Thanksgiving Day 5k (or other race)
*Work on a craft project with your friends and family (especially if the focus of the project is what you are thankful for)
*Volunteer (I was thinking about walking dogs at the humane society on Thanksgiving Day or any other day for that matter)
*Work on making holiday recipes healthier with your family
*Think of ways to express gratitude to your loved ones
Any others? I would love to know about a healthier, less food focused holiday tradition that you have!