The family traditions that we have observed and are passing on to our children may be a little different from the "norm" . We moved to Texas from North Carolina 25 years ago, when my husband got a job with an airline in Houston. It is very hard to travel on the airline on holidays, especially for employees, so we have spend almost every Thanksgiving away from our families and had to create our own traditions. The area where we live is made up of lots of families in much the same circumstances as we are, so a group of friends and neighbors get together early on Thanksgiving morning to have fellowship and a Turkey fry. We all bring breakfast foods and our turkey to fry. It is a great opportunity to catch up with friends and now that the kids are older and many are in college, it is a perfect chance for them to see old friends as well. The other traditions that we observe have to do with food! We always have basically the same menu which has become a tradition. The only deviation from the menu is in the deserts. Each of the four of our family picks a desert. My youngest son always picks chocolate pie, but the rest of us might choose something different from year to year.
While I wish that we could have spent Thanksgivings in North Carolina with our families, we have made our Thanksgivings special and meaningful.