Jennifer Eddy, CCLS, is a child life specialist at The University of Vermont Children's Hospital.

Jennifer Eddy, CCLS, is a child life specialist at The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to take time out of your busy life to be present with family and friends around a warm soul-nourishing meal – whatever that may look like.

Many families spend hours in the kitchen preparing for the memorable occasion. Instead of worrying about the time and financial resources needed to make the occasion festive, allow for creativity and spontaneity to make the occasion special. Encourage your child to help make the decorations and place settings, invite them to be a part of the cooking process, inspire opportunities for storytelling, and allow for good old-fashioned fun.

During this quality time together, take the opportunity to reminisce over childhood memories, memories from the past year, identify things that you are thankful for, and create some new traditions. If your family is looking for some fresh new ideas, check out our list below. Wishing you a restful and meaningful holiday!

Get instructions to create the “Thankful Tree.”

Jennifer Eddy, CCLS, is a child life specialist at The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital. She has been working with children and families in this capacity since 2006.

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