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Creating holiday traditions of your own
Creating holiday traditions of your own

In some families, Thanksgiving tradition is turkey and stuffing served on heirloom china. In others, it’s going to the Macy’s parade or visiting grandma. In Jill Smokler’s family, it’s a game of telephone. Started by the kids at the Thanksgiving table several years ago, the pass-the-secret game has become a beloved annual event. The ensuing laughter and hilarity is something they look forward to, says Smokler, a Baltimore-based author and founder of the popular website Scary Mommy. Tradition comes in many forms, from serious religious observances to silly customs such as turkey wishbone tug-of-war. “It’s about ritual,” says Jessica Smith, a...