Links and Ideas for Thanksgiving
Posted by homeschoolmentormom on November 14, 2011
Here are some of my favorite ideas for Thanksgiving:
-Memorize Psalm 100:4 (or all of Psalm 100), Psalm 118:1, or 1 Thessalonians 5:18
-Decorate: Let the kids help you decorate the table, make place cards, etc. Options: Go on a nature walk and gather pretty leaves, acorns, seed pods, etc and combine with pumpkins, persimmons, gourds or fresh fruit and candles’; OR decorate your Thanksgiving table with your kid’s crafts: Handprint turkeys, Paperbag turkeys, Pilgrim Hats, toilet paper tube indians/pilgrims (picture here; directions here), MORE craft ideas .
–Paint place mats, name cards etc with fall colors OR print with leaves, roll a small corn cob in fabric paint then roll on napkins,OR collage popcorn kernels, dried, split green peas, etc on namecards as a border, or the names themselves.
-Purchase a plain, white, cotton tablecloth and fabric pens. Each year, have guests write what they are thankful for on the tablecloth, then date and sign their names. This tablecloth will become more special over the years (be sure pens don’t bleed through to the table; if necessary, put butcher paper or cardboard underneath.)
-Give time (service) or give financially to the homeless shelter, Love Inc., etc. Many groups/churches gather food baskets for the poor this time of year, as well.
Singing: (Hymns): Doxology, Showers of Blessings, Count Your Blessings; (Choruses): God is so Good, -Praise Him, Praise Him ( praise him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him at the noontime…), Allelu, Allelu, Allelu, alleluia (praise ye the Lord), Turkey Dinner Song
Favorite Thanksgiving Books:
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving, by Eric Metaxas
Three Young Pilgrims, by Cheryl Harness
The Thanksgiving Story, by Alice Dalgliesh
He Remembered to Say Thank-You, by Mann (an Arch Bible story book)
Sometimes it’s Turkey, Sometimes it’s Feathers, by Lorna Balian
Favorite board books include Let’s Celebrate God’s Blessings on Thanksgiving, by Caldwell The Story of Thanksgiving, by Skarmeas, and I’m Thankful Each Day, by Hallinan (the version from Candy Cane Press).
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