Family dinners are important every day, but we have to admit that there are some family dinners that get more attention than others. Thanksgiving tends to top the list of scene-stealing meals — after all, it’s a holiday that centers on the tradition of feasting with family and friends. It’s also the kick-off to the entire holiday season, when many of us will be spending more time enjoying food, fun and conversation with loved ones than we do at any other time of year. So how can we be sure to make Thanksgiving dinner, and the celebrations that follow, meaningful and rewarding for all?
There’s no doubt that Thanksgiving and the following season can bring feelings of stress as you plan and organize for your celebrations, but this is also an annual opportunity to slow down and remember what family meals are all about: Food, fun and conversation about things that matter, with the people who matter to you. The Family Dinner Project Team wishes you and your loved ones a happy season of thanks and giving!
How would you finish that sentence? With a memory about a favorite food? A funny story about a dinner disaster? Some sweet moment that brings a smile to your face years after it happened? We want to hear from you! Share your “When I think of family dinner…” answers in a quick video on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram between November 7 and 17 and be entered to win a copy of Eat, Laugh, Talk: The Family Dinner Playbook. Get all the details here!
Meet Tina Begay and her family! We first met Tina through our work with Montana No Kid Hungry, and are pleased to be able to share her story of using family dinners to help strengthen the bonds of her extended family.
Our Family of the Month generously shares their recipe for Navajo frybread!
Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to try some new table games, like “Top Four!”
Keep the conversation meaningful (and pleasant) with these conversation starters.