What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving?
Pumpkin pie, turkey with all the trimmings, and spending time with family?
But,Thanksgiving is more than food, family, and fun.
It's about giving thanks to God!
When the Pilgrims first arrived in America, they endured many hardships. Yet, they still set aside a time to celebrate and give thanks to God. Among the things that they were grateful for were a bountiful harvest, new friendships, and the freedom to practice their Christian faith.
Often at Thanksgiving, we can get so focused on the planning, the cooking, and the busyness surrounding the holiday, that we don't take time to thank God. This year make a deliberate effort to focus on the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
Here are some simple and fun ways to keep Christ in Thanksgiving!
1. Pray - Our family tradition is to stand in a circle, holding hands, and pray together before we eat.
2. Scripture - Have each person read a Scripture out loud about thanks.
3. Thanking - Incorporate some thanking ideas like these:
Have each guest write on a piece of paper what they are thankful for. Then when you sit at the table, have them pass around the jar and read one out loud.
What you'll need: pumpkin and marker
Write your thanks on a pumpkin. Start writing on it before Thanksgiving. Each day, add a few things to the list. Just turn the pumpkin and write them down one after the other. This is fun for kids to do.
Thanksgiving memory book
Each year have guests write in the book, including their name and what they are thankful for. Put a group picture of everyone that was there. You will enjoy looking back through the years.
Supplies: tablecloth and markers
Have each guest sitting at the table write their name, the year, and what they are thankful for. The younger children can even draw pictures of what they are grateful for. Use it each year and have memories of who was there.
Thanksgiving blessing mix
What you'll need: treat bags and candies
Give your guests a blessing bag full of treats. Include a card with the symbolic meaning for each item. You can download and print this label card at ihavenogreaterjoy .
4. Read a book together which tells the true reason that we celebrate Thanksgiving.
5. Movies - Watch a movie that tells the Thanksgiving story.
6. Share the love of Christ - Invite someone who doesn't have family to join your celebration. (college student, co-worker, neighbor). Bring food to a homebound person. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter.
This year as you celebrate Thanksgiving, take time to thank God for your blessings.
I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works. Psalm 9:1 NKJV
What are some Thanksgiving traditions that you have?
related link: Thanksgiving word puzzles