Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas to Add Uniqueness and Meaning to This Year's Celebration

Are you seeking inspiration for Thanksgiving dinner ideas to make this year's celebration extra special?

If you are like most Americans, than you know what makes up the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce, for starters.

But do you know that while it's a great idea to keep this tradition going for a number of years to come, hopefully until the end of time, that you can also change things up from time to time, just to keep things fresh and lively?

This doesn't mean that you have to forego the turkey. Don't even think about it. It also doesn't mean that you have to bypass the cranberry sauce this year. Heaven forbid! No, what it means is that you might want to think outside the box a little bit, add some dishes to the options, or completely take a break from being the one responsible for all that food.

How about a nice Thanksgiving dinner at a nice restaurant?

How's that for a Thanksgiving dinner idea? Many people simply think of Thanksgiving and they immediately assume that they have to cook the meal themselves.

Why? There is nothing in the rule book that states that you have to spend the entire holiday slaving over a hot stove and making sure that all of the fixings are cooked to perfection. Why not consider taking this year off and bringing the family to a nice restaurant.

This doesn't mean that you pack everyone into the car and drive them to the nearest fast food restaurant. This Thanksgiving dinner idea means choosing a nice, elegant restaurant that will be serving a full, traditional Thanksgiving feast for the occasion. If there are people in your family who don't like turkey, they can always choose something else on the menu, and you won't have to worry about making a special meal just for them.

Add some ham or roast beef

Sometimes, people have a craving for something other than turkey when it comes to Thanksgiving. While it's still a good Thanksgiving dinner idea to serve turkey, why not add ham or roast beef, or both, to the menu? You will not only receive more compliments from your family and other guests about what a wonderful meal you served, but you will likely see some of your guests preferring the other choices.

A round of thanks before serving

Thanksgiving dinner ideas don't just have to center on the food being served. Many families just dig in once the food is served at Thanksgiving, but this can often lead us to forget the essence of the holiday.

Once you bring out all of that amazing food, and before your family begins to dig in and devour it, before you even get a chance to sit down for a few minutes, you can ask every person to state one thing that they are thankful for this year. It doesn't have to be anything incredible, but just making them think about what they have, even if it's the amazing Thanksgiving dinner that's laid out before them, is important to helping them take a moment to reflect on their lot in life.

Too often, we get caught up in the troubles of life that we forget the little things that we in fact have. You have plenty of Thanksgiving dinner ideas, so what are you thankful for?

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