single-dad-laughing-thanksgivingMy favorite Thanksgiving tradition is Pie Night. I’ve shared that with all of you in the past. It is AMAZING.

And that got me to wondering what all of your amazing, hilarious, and straight-up strange Thanksgiving traditions were. So, I asked over on the Single Dad Laughing Facebook page, “what is the weirdest (and/or coolest) tradition you have at Thanksgiving?” These were 18 of my favorite responses!

18 Amazing, Hilarious, and Strange Thanksgiving Traditions

  1. We host Misfits’ Thanksgiving, open to anyone who has no better place to go. The rule was, we provided ham, turkey, and chocolate-pecan pie. You brought whatever ‘makes’ Thanksgiving for you- whether that’s curry or goulash or green bean casserole.
  2. After our first round of eating all the ladies leave and go shopping at Walmart for comfy PJs and silly socks or slippers and come back and change into those before we eat round two.
  3. Before my Grandmother and her siblings passed, we always had huge gatherings for holidays. It had never failed that my Great Aunt Lou (she’s now gone due to Cancer) would start a food fight. After a few times it seemed like a tradition to us kids. We always knew one one start but we never knew when! Miss those days.
  4. A few years ago we started a tablecloth that each of the kids each year makes a hand turkey on it, decorate it and put their name and date on it….it is starting to fill up….fun to see their art skills develop and how big their hands are getting.
  5. My sister-in-law, a retired teacher, cuts out a construction paper turkey. Everyone is required to write one thing they are thankful for on colored feathers, which are then glued on the turkey. She laminates it, and keeps each year’s.
  6. We name and dance with our turkey when we clean it prior to stuffing it and cooking it. My parents did it when I was a kid and now I do it with my kids. Only my kids look at me like I am nuts.
  7. My ex’s family had a fork that looked like a regular fork but you could pull the end out of it to make it 4 times as long. In the middle of everyone eating, whoever was the new guest at the table, the uncle would extend the fork and grab some food from the person’s plate across the table and eat it.
  8. After dark on Thanksgiving, we play hide and go seek with cars. We break up in teams, decide who is driving which car…. we’d establish the game borders on a map of the town, and one car would be “it”. Everyone gets 15 minutes to find a hiding place, park and turn off their lights. Then the “It” car would drive around slowly looking for them. the last car not found is “It” next. It was a small town, where everyone knew them, so we never got shot or arrested for hiding in weird places in a car with our lights off.
  9. Our family pulls out all the old family videos and watches them after Thanksgiving dinner. There are some cringeworthy moments that we will rewind and watch over and over until we all are laughing/crying. We’ve been known to stay up till 2AM watching silly family videos.
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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 1.4 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!