I LOVE Thanksgiving.
To me, it is more than the commemoration of a meal that the Pilgrims and Native Americans shared together. It is an overarching principle that reminds us of everything that God has blessed us with. It is where universal brotherhood mingles with religion and patriotism.
In this article, I'm sharing 19 ideas I've gathered from my resources, as well as friends and readers to help make Thanksgiving more meaningful. Some ideas are fun, and some are more serious. Hopefully, there will be something here that resonates with you.
Ideas for all November
Traditions for the Big Day
(Obviously, no one will do all of these. Just pick and choose the ones that your family will enjoy.)
Whether you like to gather around the piano and sing together, or would just like an inspirational music in the background (like this album- gorgeous!), here are some beautiful traditional hymns that focus on gratitude. These songs can be found many places, but this is where I get them for sing along purposes.
Cuddle on the couch with kids and grandkids and read a few picture books together! Read Aloud Revivial has a huge list of excellent books.
And finally, please don't make the perfect the enemy of gratitude. Maybe your life is not where you want it to be, and you are having a hard time finding something to be grateful for. Maybe you can't afford a turkey this year. Maybe you are lonely and don't have anyone to share the day with for a variety of reasons. All of these things can make the holidays extremely challenging.
The First Thanksgiving came after a long, terrible ordeal. Persecution, a long and dangerous journey, starting from nothing, starvation, illness, death--all of these things came BEFORE Thanksgiving. That's what made it so meaningful. If you are in the Pre-Thanksgiving phase of your life right now, please know that better days will come. Look for the Native Americans, the Squantos and Massasoit's in your life who are there with an open hand. Please accept them and the help and love they have to offer. And one day, Thanksgiving will come.
Whatever you choose to do this holiday, I hope it is filled with love. Please know that I am very grateful for you!
Hi, I'm Jen! I adore chocolate, I'd rather read than clean my house, and I haven't seen my abs in I-don't-know-how-long. But I love my husband and kids to death and try to Raise The Good within myself and my family by making wise and uplifting media choices and having a deliberate family culture. You are probably doing the same thing. Let's share what works with each other!
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