The Classic Brunette: (Un)Traditional Thanksgivings

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

(Un)Traditional Thanksgivings


I mentioned this in my Thanksgiving Outfit post, but my family never really has a traditional thanksgiving. We head up to Lake Tahoe every year, and never really do the same thing for the day of Thanksgiving. Since we don't have a place to cook a traditional Thanksgiving meal, we normally go out to a buffet somewhere in town that has everything we need to create a somewhat regular atmosphere of the holiday: mashed potatoes, turkey, pumpkin pie, you name it.

I love going up here and when it snows it's a truly magical experience (especially since I go to school in SoCal where it barely dips into the 60s during this time of year.) Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite places in the whole world, and although I sometimes get a little sad not having a traditional Thanksgiving, I wouldn't choose to celebrate it any other way.

When I came to college I realized that there are so many people who don't get to have their traditional Thanksgivings, especially those who are too far away from home to travel back for just a few days. The term friendsgiving gets thrown around a lot, and I feel like it's definitely an event that is prevalent while in college. So many people stick around campus for the holiday, and if you are like me, your friends at school are like your family away from home (cue my roommates saying "ew" and "aww" respectively.)

Friendsgiving doesn't have to be something to be ashamed of or saddened by because you aren't with your family. Think of it as another way to bond with those closest to you and have fun together! I personally haven't experienced one myself, but I know that any extra time spent with friends is bound to be a good time.

Although the tradition of Thanksgiving is supposed to be about spending time with loved ones, if you aren't able to, that doesn't mean that the holiday is going to be any less fun or special. I'm a big advocate for the occasional untraditional Thanksgiving, because it makes for some great memories that could possibly start some new traditions for you!

Now, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with having a regular Thanksgiving (because seriously what's better than family and a large home cooked meal?), but if you're like me and have an untraditional thanksgiving, I would love to know how you celebrate the holiday!

This post is a part of the #galpalholiday link up hosted by Cristina, Rachel, and Cathleen, so be sure to check out their blogs as well as the other posts in the link up!

10 comments:

  1. Loved this post! I definitely get it, it's absolutely okay to stray from tradition. Plus, who knows? Maybe you'll end up making new traditions!
    Rebecca x
    www.sunnyrebecca.com

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  2. My family has a pretty traditional Thanksgiving, but yours sounds so fun! I love Lake Tahoe too, and I'd have to agree that it's one of my favorite places too. It would be so fun to go there for Thanksgiving.

    XO, Brooke
    https://livethepreplife.blogspot.com

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    1. Ugh I just love it so much up here. It's snowing like crazy right now though, so I actually wouldn't mind being home in my warm house!

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      Sami

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  3. So true that Thanksgiving isn't all about tradition - just spending time with the people you love! I've done something different every couple years and I really can't complain as long as my tummy and heart are full :) Thanks so much for linking up with us; I love this post!

    X,
    cristinaoncampus.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! And I'm so glad I participated and hope I get to in the future! I totally agree as long as I'm with good people and eating good food I will be happy :)

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      Sami

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  4. My family doesn't have any big traditions either. In my opinion, it makes things more interesting! Loved your post. Wishing you a great Thanksgiving!

    www.ellysavenue.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! and Happy Thanksgiving to you too! :)

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      Sami

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  5. Love this post! My family doesn't really have any traditions, we always just wing the holiday! Thanks for linking up!

    XO, Rachel
    www.seashellsandsparkles.com

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    1. Thank you! Loved linking up and excited for whatever the next one will be!

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      Sami

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