Thanksgiving Traditions

Oh the smell of baking pies, the sound of crunching leaves, the warmth of a roaring fire, these are the senses we think of when we think of Thanksgiving. They say our sense of smell is the sense most closely connected to memories and that all it takes is a brief sniff of a scent to take you back in time to a specific memory. For us, we have many but one that stands out is the smell of salt- not salt for cooking or baking but the salt in our grandmother’s playdough recipe that she would make every year for us especially around the holidays.

Another strong scent is ginger from the baking of our families gingerbread cookies. To be honest, our grandmother and Leighton would bake these throughout the year since their cookie cutter collection was massive and even included mules for Mule Day cookies, but specifically the amount of cookies baked for Thanksgiving and Christmas turned our kitchens into warm, gingery spaces.

Beyond the smells of the holidays, we still have traditions that survive to this day even though we grow older and build our own mini families within our larger one. Thanksgiving for us has always been a time of conversation, togetherness, outdoor expeditions, bonfires, and food (lots of food). We spend the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day together with cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents playing games and watching football.

Some years growing up, we would make the trip to beautiful Richmond, Virginia to visit my mom’s brother. We remember being snuggled in the back of our Volvo station wagon, driving the twelve hours overnight, falling asleep listening to our parents talk and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe on tape. Other years we’d gather round our Papa’s bonfire in Columbia, TN with my dad’s side of the family and eat as many smores as we could stomach. With thirteen cousins and eight of us within four years of age of each other, we always had so much fun.

Now, for the first year ever, one of us “grandchildren” will be hosting Thanksgiving in Nashville and we are looking forward to adding new traditions to the agenda though quality conversations, games, and food will always remain on the docket. A tradition many families have, including our mom with her mom and sister, is to wake up and set out on Black Friday to snag the deals. While they get up and are often back before the rest of us have finished our breakfast, we have an even easier way to get our deals for this Thanksgiving week.

One day doesn’t seem big enough to us so we’re going big with deals starting Wednesday!  We hope you take a moment to hop online and see what might work for you and your family :) The winter months are long and we would love to bring some light and joy to your schedule with opportunities to create.

Below are all the deals we’ve got going on at LittleArtHouseNashville.com from Wednesday, the 21st through Friday, the 23rd.  After your purchase, we’ll send you your gift card or discount by the end of November!


Winter Break Camps & Pop Up Classes

Purchase a Camp/Class and get a $20.00 Gift Card towards session III classes for 2019.


Session III Class Packs

Purchase Session III and get a $20.00 Gift Card for purchases over $100.00.

Adult Classes

Flash Sale: November 21-23, Buy one, Get your next one half off!