It's such an intellectually effortless holiday, really. We're grateful for what we have, and to show it we're going to eat a lot of food--yum!
And sometimes I think that's the reason Thanksgiving gets smushed over between Halloween and Christmas--because it's so easy. There's just not that much ritual to observe. For example, for me, as long as there are chicken and noodles and extra-sagey stuffing, it's a happy Thanksgiving. (Well, family is nice too, of course!)
In an effort to add a little somethin', somethin' to Thanksgiving, a few years ago I started a Thanksgiving book. Each year, wherever we might be celebrating, everyone has to write a few words in the book about what they're thankful for. From my former college roomie (thankful for "wine and brie"--can you tell why I still love that girl?) to my auntie (thankful she's "not a turkey") to a few more witty relatives (one of whom was once thankful for "air")--even Cutie Niece draws in a hand turkey every year.
Because I'm curious what other people do, what are some of your Thanksgiving traditions and rituals?