11 Retro Thanksgiving Traditions That Have Become Obsolete
While you can't get together with all of your friends and family on this Thanksgiving Day, your festive feast of hearty dishes and classic cakes will still be there. And who knows? You could even create some new traditions this year. Or maybe you want to try out some Thanksgiving rituals that go back to the very beginning of the holiday.
As with all traditions steeped in history, they often adapt to the times, transform into something completely different, or disappear entirely. Even the once classic Thanksgiving customs of our parents and grandparents' generations have since fallen by the wayside. We still solemnly carve a golden brown bird and sit by the TV and watch soccer or the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade while kids make handprinted turkeys to put in the fridge - but myriad other traditions have vanished from the annual celebrations.
Read on to see some Thanksgiving customs that haven't aged that well, and to learn more about what a tradition will be different in 2020, here are all the ways Macy's Thanksgiving Parade is different this year will be.
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Sending Thanksgiving greeting cards
Middle-aged white woman Woman reading a greeting card at the post box
We're used to sending and receiving annual Christmas cards, and kids still love trading Valentine's Day cards with friends every February. But around the turn of the 20th century, people also sent Thanksgiving greeting cards with picturesque illustrations of pumpkins, pilgrims, turkeys, and seasonal feelings of gratitude. And for more traditions to add to your Thanksgiving celebration, here are 13 fun Thanksgiving games that are perfect for the whole family.
Have a children's table
Portrait of happy girl sitting at the festive table and looking at camera
Maybe there was no place at the dining table, or maybe the adults just needed a break, but for many years it was not uncommon to separate the two generations over Thanksgiving dinner. As a discreet and often tiny arrangement, the children's table was a place for siblings, cousins and anyone else without a valid driver's license to break bread in a parent-free environment. However, a 2018 survey by Juicy Juice and ORC International shows that the once popular sitting method may be on its last legs: 61 percent of parents now choose to sit the whole family together.
Use place cards
Fall break Thanksgiving dinner with place cards and traditional centerpiece filled with pumpkins and gourds.
You would expect to see place cards at a wedding reception, otherwise how would you know which table to sit at? But did you know that it used to be quite common to see them on the table at Thanksgiving dinner too? Right, these finely written labels with the names of each family member were perfectly cut and placed on the table for the feast. But as you may have guessed, they have become far less common as families continue to move away from some of the more formal Thanksgiving traditions and opt for a more casual, more organic-shaped affair instead.
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With fine china
fine china with orange napkins on Thanksgiving dining table
Today the fine and filigree plates, cups and sauce bowls of a family's porcelain set are pretty mysterious. You rarely see them, let alone handle them or gasp for air, eat and drink. But decades ago you did this on special occasions - and Thanksgiving dinner was a special occasion for many families that justified an appearance of the otherwise elusive china.
Unfortunately, this seems to be less and less the case. Millennials don't seem to enjoy the burden of storing boxes of delicate dishes. Nowadays, it is far more common for families to stick to their daily dishes on Turkey Day.
With unusual cutlery
Antique cutlery place setting in a brown napkin and tied with ribbon on a white background
Just as we were bringing out the fine china for Thanksgiving, we also rolled out the fancy cutlery that was seldom used on the other 364 days of the year. You know what we're talking about - those forks, knives and spoons that for some reason are too special to be cleaned in the dishwasher.
But with the millennials putting an end to the silver legacy, the era of fancy cutlery has also come to an end. And who really wants to spend the day polishing great-grandmother's sterling silver for a meal when the everyday flatware does the job?
For more information on what not to serve this year, see the "This is the Most Hated Thanksgiving Dish" survey.
Make homemade centerpieces
orange and yellow thanksgiving table setting
No Thanksgiving table used to be complete without an ornate homemade centerpiece. Family members of all ages would help construct elaborate presentations of decorative pumpkins and seasonal fruits, or perhaps some fall leaves and garden flowers.
Nowadays, families are far more likely to place a bouquet of flowers in a seasonal vase or use a neat, sleek array of candles as a table setting.
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Repetition of the first harvest festival
First Thanksgiving Day 1621
Before families got into and stuffed the turkey, they made it an annual tradition to retell the story of the first harvest festival. While elementary schools covered the basics, an annual family update to T-Day trivia let us know about details like the absence of turkey from the menu. Instead, our ancestors ate game, duck, and oysters.
These days, kids can instantly access the Thanksgiving story on any number of devices, although we doubt they'll read about it if they peek at their phones during dinner.
Play soccer before dinner
Multi-ethnic family members with several generations who play a football game together in the grandparents' backyard on Thanksgiving
During the countdown to the hours leading up to the main event, many families whet the appetite for a Thanksgiving festival by throwing the old pigskin around. A fun, lively and (we hope) friendly family soccer game before dinner kept the kids busy and the political discussions at bay.
So much jelly
Eat red jelly or jello
Some popular family recipes are carefully kept and lovingly passed down through generations, while other vintage Thanksgiving recipes are unlikely to appear on modern menus. Are you okay, turkey on jell-o and cranberry surprise.
And for more Thanksgiving candy that aren't loved, this is the most hated Thanksgiving dessert, according to the survey.
Snap the wishbone
Snap the wishbone
The wishbone tradition goes back thousands of years: in ancient times, chicken bones embodied happiness. So if two people pulled a wishbone apart, the person who was left with the larger piece was theoretically rewarded with good luck or a granted wish.
In many 20th century households, wishbone breaking was either a sacred ritual, a kitschy rite overseen by Uncle Wally, or an intentional event that was later lost in the haze of a coma after the feast. Our culture of instant gratification today has declared the wishbone ritual a cultural heap of dust: After all, only a dry turkey wishbone will break, and that means we must ... wait patiently.
fdr bobby kennedy
Ah, the Franksgiving family. Ring bells? Probably not, and here's why. Traditionally, Thanksgiving has been celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November since the late 19th century. Step inside former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who found himself and the rest of the country in 1939, staring at a November 30th Thanksgiving Day and a shrunken shopping calendar. As a solution, the FDR has postponed the vacation for a week to keep retailers happy and boost the economy. But the country never really got on board with Franksgiving, as it was derisively mentioned, and in late 1941 Congress passed a joint resolution setting the holiday back to the fourth Thursday in November - a reminder that some traditions were never intended . For more fun treats to share with your table, check out 30 Thanksgiving Facts To Share With Your Family.
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