7 Nurses' Thanksgiving Traditions You Need to Know

How many nurses’ Thanksgiving traditions do you know? Thanksgiving is around the corner, and you should read this post to find out a few.

Everyone, including nurses, looks forward to Thanksgiving every year. Nurses love to celebrate Thanksgiving with loved ones, whether the day before, the actual date, or a day late. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time in the U.S because it is a time for loved ones to get together, bond over food, and be thankful. 

This post will show you some exciting nurses’ Thanksgiving traditions that you should know. You can pick up one or two to spice up your Thanksgiving holiday this year.

7 Nurses’ Thanksgiving Traditions

Below are some exciting nurses’ Thanksgiving traditions you should know:

Watching The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

In the United States, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the most famous Thanksgiving traditions to participate in. Several people line up in New York City just to watch the parade. Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is known for its big inflatable balloons, making it a major attraction. 

Express Your Gratitude On Social Media

Several nurses make the most of Thanksgiving Day to express gratitude. You can employ social media to reach out to your friends and family that you can’t see in person. Connect with other nurses like you by sharing what you are thankful for this year. Reading people's gratitude lists at the end of the year is always inspiring.

For Good Luck Break The Wishbone

Saying this might sound silly, but it’s real! After you have carved your Thanksgiving turkey, pick the wishbone, which has the shape of the letter Y. Set the wishbone aside and let it dry. Once the Thanksgiving meal is over, two people can say what they wish for and break the bone. It’s been said that the person who ends up with a bigger piece of the bone will have their wishes come through. 

Pop Up Your Workplace With Some Decorations

You can make the hospital more festive during Thanksgiving Day by decorating your workplace. Make use of different items like fall leaves, corn stalks, or pumpkins. Doing this will put smiles on your patients’ faces while also making your workplace attractive. 

Video Call Your Family Who Can’t Make It Thanksgiving (Zoom Or Facetime)

Connect with loved ones who couldn't join you for Thanksgiving Day dinner by calling them via video chat. Reaching out to those who couldn't join you at the table this way can make them feel like they were missed.

Host Your Friends

Celebrate your close friends by hosting them on Thanksgiving Day or another random day in November. Doing this makes them feel special and helps strengthen your friendship. Remember the saying, "There are friends, and there is family, and then there are friends who become family."

Write “Thank You” Cards 

During family gatherings, expressing gratitude to each other in writing is important. Gather the family around a small table and supply it with “thank you” notes and a few pens or markers.

Invite each person to write thank you messages to express gratitude to each other. If there are kids around, they can also take part, and adults can help them out if they can’t write yet. The idea of thank you notes is to appreciate one another and uplift each other with messages of gratitude


Thanksgiving Day is one of the most anticipated holidays in the US. This post has shown you some exciting Nurses’ Thanksgiving traditions you need to know. Be creative in your Thanksgiving celebrations and remember to be thankful for all that you have. Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving Day tradition? If yes, drop a comment and tell us about it. 

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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