Around the holidays, everyone has their own traditions. These traditions are what make each holiday special to us and they are what keeps us excited each year. While we may do the same thing every year, the joy that these traditions bring us, never wears out. Here are a few of the Thanksgiving Day traditions that your Merrimack community loves!

"Going around the table and each person says what they are thankful for! It is so funny to hear what the little kids have to say and it's a good reminder to us of what is important!" - Ashlyn Howard

"We always have the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on in the background when we are cooking and getting ready for the day" - Katie Clark

"Going to my high school's Thanksgiving Football game. Tons of alumni are always there and it is really fun to catch up with everyone!!" - Emily Burke

"What I love about Thanksgiving is that for what may only be a day, everyone takes at least some time to reminisce and be grateful for what they have in their lives. So often we get preoccupied with everything going on around us that we constantly desire more... This is a day to appreciate everything we already have and I love that!!!" - Alison Fonseca

"Every year I love going shopping with my mom the day before Thanksgiving and then we stop for pizza after!" - Colleen Rockwell

"My favorite Thanksgiving Tradition is going to my aunt's farm! She actually raises her own turkey and farm animals and grows her own vegetables so most of the food that we eat is entirely homemade and directly from the farm." - Gianna Ferrini

"My family has a large dance competition where everyone can let loose!!" - Devon Bettencourt


"My favorite tradition is watching the Macy's Day Parade" - Maria D'Auria

"I love when we get to put up all the Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving!" - Chrissi DiMartino


"The night before Thanksgiving we always prep all of the food and dessert!" - Haley Mallett

"For some reason every year, we eat our meal so early that by the time it's my usual dinner time, I'm hungry again! I love the food!!!" - Angelica Medina

"What I love about Thanksgiving day is actually being able to go to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC!" - Ashley LoPresti

"Every year, my favorite part about Thanksgiving is traveling to Philadelphia to visit the rest of my family" - Alexandra Wolf

"My family's favorite tradition is watching all of the football games!" - Carey Bradley


"My favorite tradition is when my family gets involved in an intense game of left, right, center, after dessert! - Alyssa Gilooly & Jenna Rutkey

***Now tell us about your favorite Thanksgiving Traditions!!!***