Thanksgiving on the Ranch: Traditions For Friends and Family
There’s nothing sweeter than spending time with family, counting your blessings, and kicking off the holiday season with gratefulness. One of the highlights of this time of year is celebrating family traditions. Thanksgiving is one of our favorite celebrations around the Legacy Broker Group office, and we’re counting down the days until November 25. You probably already have some Thanksgiving customs, like tuning in to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, cooking old family recipes, and recreating moments that take place each year. Whether you have a huge family gathering every year or are hosting your first Friendsgiving, keep reading for a list of our favorite holiday activities that can make your Turkey Day one to remember.
Play Some Football
When it comes to Thanksgiving, football is as festive as pumpkin pie. Some families watch the Raiders v the Cowboys on the flatscreen, attend their alma mater’s showdown, or play a pickup game while the turkey cools. Zach Biermann, one of our founders, can’t wait to toss the pigskin around in the backyard with his little one this year.
Throw a Tailgate
Take the pressure off for a formal, all-day affair and host a tailgate party for the neighborhood instead! Make it a potluck so all you have to worry about is setting up tables and sending the invites. Mix a big batch of warm apple cider, see if anyone has a pickup truck for hay rides, and look forward to a new tradition everyone will look forward to year after year!
Host a Friendsgiving
"There are friends, there's family, and then there are friends who become family." Whether you celebrate on Thanksgiving Day or a different day in November, celebrate your nearest and dearest by hosting a Friendsgiving feast. If you want an adults-only celebration, you can start your own traditions just for the grownups, too. Cider pong, anyone?
A Morning Hunt
One of the biggest perks of having a Texas ranch is being able to hunt whatever, whenever. Several of our team members have annual hunts on Thanksgiving morning with the family. Whitetail deer are widely available this time of year, but if you’re brave enough, you can try to nab your own Butterball for the day too!
Dress Up the Table
Have you inherited your great-grandmother's china or collected eclectic dishes from your favorite antique shops? Put them to good use this Thanksgiving for a holiday spread to remember! Enlist the kids to help make place mats or place cards to make the meal extra special.
Try a New Recipe
Thanksgiving recipes are fiercely protected, but we want to share a few of our favorites with you. Keep reading for our co-founder, Traci’s, buttermilk biscuit recipe:
- Lilli’s Buttermilk Biscuits -
- 2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- ½ cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
- ½ cup low-fat buttermilk, plus more for brushing
- ½ cup heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 375º.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl.
- Cut in butter using a pastry blender or your fingertips. Add buttermilk and cream, stir to combine.
- Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface and pat into a 6 ½” round. Using a lightly floured 2 ½” cutter, cut out rounds.
- Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spacing about 1” apart. Gather scraps, reshape, and cut out.
- Brush tops with buttermilk, and bake until tops are golden, for 22-24 minutes.
- Transfer to wire rack and cool.
Dine Al Fresco
One of the best parts of living in Texas is the *typically* mild winters. If this month’s pleasant temps hold, think about moving your feast to the sundeck or the front lawn and start a new tradition. Dust off your patio chairs, keep a basket of blankets nearby, and enjoy the relaxed setting.
Say a Blessing
If you’ve had a hard time counting your blessings in 2021, consider Thanksgiving to be the start of a new year for gratefulness. Go around the table and have everyone say what they are most thankful for, but make it special to your family - have each person share which friend loved them well this year, what day meant the most to them, or one blessing they hope carries over to 2022.
Go for a Post-Turkey Walk
When your feasting comes to an end, take a stroll around the ranch to stretch your legs and walk off the mashed potatoes. After all, you have to do something while the pies bake!
Host a Family Game Night
A good, old-fashioned game night is an easy way to keep everyone entertained - together - after the meal. Whether it's cards, board games, checkers, or dominoes, challenge everyone to a competition and keep a list of who wins each year.
Decorate for Christmas
When the turkey is gone and the dishes are done, there’s only one thing left to do: put up your tree, hang your stockings on the mantel, and crank up the Christmas music.'Tis the season!Posted by Richmond Frasier • Partner on