Traditionally Untraditional
Start writing a post

Traditionally Untraditional

How do your Thanksgiving traditions compare to mine?

Traditionally Untraditional

Every family has their traditions. And every family's traditions are intensified during the holidays. My family's most famous tradition is that of our Thanksgiving attire.

A few years ago my mom made the rule that if you want to eat any type of Thanksgiving food, you were required to dress like one of two options: an Indian or a pilgrim. This created a unique (and equally strange) experience at my house every year on that third Thursday of November. When my mom sent out the email announcing this new rule, a couple of my cousins texted me asking if my mom was serious. I had to tell them yes, she was, and as crazy as she was, this was going to be awesome.

I have dressed up as an Indian for the past 3 years. The first year we were kind of hesitant with our costumes. We put on our outfits and braided our hair and we called it good. It was enough for the first go. The second year we applied this rule, my 20 something family members and I went hard. We had face paint, props, and outfits to change into after we ate (to accommodate our food babies, you live and you learn, right?). Last year we slowed down a little bit, but it's a tradition nonetheless.

My mom has began to add variations to costumes. One year the theme of Duck Dynasty was an option alongside the pilgrim/Indian criteria, so my uncle showed up with a full beard and camouflage everything. This year dressing as a crazy Broncos fan is also acceptable, so who knows what the end result will be, but I do know that although my family is weird as heck we have fun anyway.

For the holidays this year, I encourage you to embrace your family's strange traditions and habits. You may not have to wear costumes or face paint or stick feathers in your hair, but I'm sure there is something that you do every year under the circumstances of trying to please your mom, grandma, or some relative. Do it proudly. Wear that feather in your hair as if there is nothing else you would rather do. Family is weird, relatives can be weird, but they're your people.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Marconi Beach

Three years ago, I chose to attend college in Philadelphia, approximately 360 miles away from my small town in New Hampshire. I have learned many valuable lessons away from home, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Pennsylvania. One thing that my experience has taught me, however, is that it is absolutely impossible to beat a New England summer.

Keep Reading...Show less

Fibonacci Sequence Examples: 7 Beautiful Instances In Nature

Nature is beautiful (and so is math). The last one will blow your mind.

illustration of the fibonacci sequence

Yes, the math major is doing a math-related post. What are the odds? I'll have to calculate it later. Many people have probably learned about the Fibonacci sequence in their high school math classes. However, I thought I would just refresh everyone's memories and show how math can be beautiful and apply to physical things everywhere around us with stunning examples.

Keep Reading...Show less
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments