11 Thanksgiving Traditions We'd Like To Bring Back

Hey, remember breaking the wishbone?

Holiday Turkey Dinner
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As times change, so do the ways we celebrate holidays. For instance, being on your phone while at the dinner table was unthinkable years ago, but now smartphones are as common as turkey motifs at Thanksgiving. We're taking a look back at other things that have changed in recent years.

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1 Actual Centerpieces
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Courtesy of Coco Kelley

Yes, the turkey is the main event, but it was always nice to have something a little nicer to look at than meat. Want to bring back this tradition? Here are 20 gorgeous Thanksgiving centerpieces to complete your table.

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2 Place Cards
Thanksgiving Table Decorations
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While we're on the topic of silverware and china, we'd love to see place cards make a comeback. It wasn't really to identify who was sitting where, but more about having an excuse to add a little fun decorative touch to the table that also makes the meal feel so much more special.

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3 The Post-Turkey Walk
Young couple strolling in autumn park, Vienna, Austria
Manuela

Whether it was a walk around the block or through a nearby park, the evening walk was a much better way to let everything digest.

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4 A Simpler Menu
Autumn Thanksgiving main dish celebration family concept
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It's always fun to try new things, but it lately feels like Thanksgiving dishes are getting a bit...too far...from the expected. We appreciate the clever new takes on mashed potatoes (sriracha! kale!), but some dishes are classics for a reason.

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5 Splitting the Wishbone
Wishing You Happy Holidays: Two people pull on wishbone
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Some of us might not have enjoyed grasping the sticky wishbone, but it was fun making the wish at least.

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6 No Phones at the Dinner Table
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The ultimate Thanksgiving throwback Thursday: when we talked to each other at the dinner table instead of answering text messages on our phone every five minutes.

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7 Playing a Game of Football
Playing autumn football
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Yup, instead of just watching football on television, families would play their own game of football on Thanksgiving morning. This was a great way to occupy the time waiting for the turkey to cook while building up an appetite.

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8 The Kids' Table
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Yes, it felt like an insult when you were a tot, but now you can appreciate that it's where all the fun and bonding happened.

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9 The Nice Silverware
Autumn table setting
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Though it wasn't fun to have to polish all those forks, knives, and spoons, it was always nice to use the "fancy" silverware. That goes for the good china and nice glassware, too!

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10 When Shops Stayed Closed on Thanksgiving
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Florida Memory via Flickr Commons

is no longer just on Friday — it often starts on Thanksgiving night. Or Thanksgiving afternoon. Soon, Thanksgiving will be like any other Thursday.

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11 Saying What We're Thankful For
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No matter what, it is always nice to reflect on the things for which we're grateful. Actually, who says this tradition should be reappear just for holidays? A little reflection goes a long way.

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