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Thanksgiving Dinner: Strange Thanksgiving Meal Traditions {Giveaway}

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What are your family's Thanksgiving mealtime traditions? Are you a typical turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole type of a family or do you have any unique Thanksgiving dishes that make their way into your holiday celebration? If you do, you're not alone.

Beautiful table with thanksgiving food

To encourage families to take a fresh look at their daily routines, including holiday traditions, Shout® developed the “Reprogramming America for Fun” App on Facebook. Upon log-in, the app integrates each user’s name and profile photo into a short, personalized video all about seizing the moment, setting you free to start living out loud and having fun, without the worry of getting a little messy.

Shout® has also partnered with Olympian and mom  Shout Reprogrammng America for Fun logo Jennie Finch to identify ways that families can live life to the fullest. In our first post, we discussed one of Jennie's tips about ways to be present with each other by unplugging from electronics and letting loose. Specifically, we talked about four family friendly activities you can do with your pets. This post, second in our five-part series, is all about food and ways to make the holidays all the more fun by creating your own mealtime traditions.



Thanksgiving Mealtime Traditions

I have learned that not all Thanksgiving traditions are the same, especially when it comes to the food. Cooking gives families the opportunity to get creative, use their imaginations, and even sometimes be a little messy.

Some families eat vegetarian and skip the turkey altogether. Others avoid pumpkin pie like the plague. Some mix up their mashed potato recipes. At our extended family holiday celebration, it wouldn't be Thanksgiving dinner without the sauerkraut. Yes! You heard me right. Sauerkraut. And no! We're not even German!

Every year, beginning way back with my great great grandparents, my family would grow its own cabbage, chop it up, can it, and open it just in time for Thanksgiving. When supplies have been low (like when we lived overseas), we've been known to get in friendly fights over who gets the most sauerkraut. I'm not kidding you ... we take our sauerkraut seriously.

Now, my parents live out of the country, so my brother-in-law, Jonah, grows the cabbage each year and my mom has taught me and my siblings and me how to make the sauerkraut. We look forward to getting our hands dirty when we pick it from the garden and clean it off, chop it up, put it in jars, pour hot water over the top of it, and seal it tight. Canning it in August leaves just enough time for it to be ready to eat at our Thanksgiving feast.

Next summer I'm excited for my own family to add to our garden by growing cabbage. I can't wait to teach my sons how to make sauerkraut with hopes of carrying on the tradition. Just one more way of living life to the fullest as a family!

What food do you include at your Thanksgiving dinner that some people might consider a little bit strange?



Whether you eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or have a few "strange" side dishes, here's a few things you can enter for a chance to win that will help you create funWhether you eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or have a few “strange” side dishes, here are a few things you can enter for a chance to win that will help you create fun family memories with your family (ARV: $150):

  • $100 Gift Card to craft store
  • Shout® trigger and Shout® wipes
  • Craft kit to create Thanksgiving turkeys
  • Additional craft supplies for seasonal art projects

Giveaway Requirements

All entrants much complete both requirements to be qualified for a chance to win this giveaway:

  1. Go to the Shout' Reprogramming America Facebook app ( and click on the Get Reprogrammed button to create your own custom “Reprogramming America for Fun” video.
  2. Leave a comment on this blog post answering the question, "What changes will you make to seize the moment (even if it means getting messy) and live life out loud?"

Giveaway Terms

One winner will be chosen using Giveaway closes at 5 p.m. PT on November 19, 2012. Click to see the official terms of this giveaway.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Shout®, an SC Johnson Company. All opinions, tips, ideas, and information are my own.

Featured image courtesy of Flickr.



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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


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