Thanksgiving Traditions: Jessie James Decker, Alison Sweeney and more share how they celebrate the holiday

Thanksgiving is here and celebrities are getting ready to celebrate.

Speaking to Fox News Digital, the stars shared their favorite Thanksgiving traditions and what they’re thankful for this holiday season.

“I’m grateful for health,” Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox said. “I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful that the pandemic is over. I’m thankful to work. Damn, just to have… air in my lungs, you know, that in itself is a blessing because, I mean, you know, we have lost so many people during COVID I mean I could count there were over 20 friends and acquaintances I knew passed through during COVID.

For LeVox, Thanksgiving holiday traditions are about three things: “football, great food [and] sweatpants”.

FILE – Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox can’t wait to eat and watch football on Thanksgiving.
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Anna Faris is grateful that all her children are happy. Faris shares her son Jack with ex-husband Chris Pratt, and is stepmother to husband Michael Barrett’s two children.

“I’m so thankful that all three kids, I have two stepchildren and a 10-year-old son, are really happy right now, because when they’re not happy, it’s hard,” Faris said. Faris’ ‘The Estate’ co-star, Australian actress Toni Collette, says she’s grateful “for the opportunities and adventures that come my way.”

Christian music singer Matthew West looks forward to the holiday season as it brings him the opportunity to spend some much-needed quality time with his family.

“I’m a traveling musician and my departure is the story of my year, so there’s something so special when the calendar and the shows and the tour bus park and I go back to Nashville and I walk through the door, and it’s officially Thanksgiving, or it’s officially Christmas,” West said. “That family time is precious and sacred. I have a few favorite traditions, but many are about spending time together.”

Canadian singer Lindsay Ell agrees with West.

“My favorite holiday tradition is just staying home. We travel so much throughout the year that it’s nice to have some down time, sit in sweatpants and watch good movies and eat good food,” she said.

Jason Momoa says his favorite Christmas tradition revolves around his kids and spending his time watching big movies like ‘Home Alone’.

Meanwhile, Jessie James Decker is already teasing the next big holiday, noting that her “favorite holiday tradition is … putting up the Christmas tree with the kids, drinking apple cider, and listening to Christmas music.”

Jessie James Decker can't wait to put up the Christmas tree and drink apple cider with her family over the holidays.

Jessie James Decker can’t wait to put up the Christmas tree and drink apple cider with her family over the holidays.
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For Joe Jonas, the point of the Thanksgiving holiday is “being with family,” and of course, the food.

“Growing up, it was watching football and hanging out with friends and family… just being together, and that’s what counts,” Jonas said, adding that when it comes to food, he puts “as much gravy on everything as possible.”

“I think the tradition…is that I still separate the different foods on my plate. My father, he always had to separate, and I think that’s carried through.”

For Alison Sweeney, Thanksgiving is all about taking inventory of everything she’s thankful for in her life, saying she’s “grateful for so many things.” She explained that she is very grateful for her children and “for their health” and “for this extraordinary life” that she has.


“As a parent, I love celebrating Thanksgiving because it’s an opportunity to stop and be grateful and share that experience with your children and help them see how grateful they are,” Sweeney said. “I’ve started a thing with my kids where I ask them to write down three things each night they’re thankful for, and it can be little things like ‘I didn’t have to take out the trash today’ or ‘I’m thankful for my dog’ — just to spend a minute thinking about what you’re grateful for that day and make it a lifelong habit.

Sweeney has also admitted that Thanksgiving is her favorite holiday of the year, mostly because Thanksgiving is her “favorite meal of the year” and something she prepares every year.


FILE - Alison Sweeney loves Thanksgiving food and spends all year preparing for the holiday.

FILE – Alison Sweeney loves Thanksgiving food and spends all year preparing for the holiday.
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“I think about it a lot throughout the year and really aim for that, preparing myself physically and mentally for this day. ‘What time am I going to eat? What am I going to eat first? What is this dish going to entail?'” she said Sweeney. “I love everything. I love the smell of the kitchen, and I start preparing the side dishes and stuff three days in advance, and I love it. I love every part of it. I don’t even mind cleaning up afterwards. I love everything about it.”

Fox News Digital’s Larry Fink contributed to this report.

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