Mom's Thanksgiving Table
Thanksgiving has come and gone in a blink of an eye and despite my promises to post lots of ideas, our personal plans for the holiday changed at the last minute and we left town in a flurry of activity. OK, I could have carved out some time to post on Thanksgiving day but after the "Turkey Trot" fun run, stuffing ourselves with turkey and mashed potatoes and that glass of red wine, I was unable to get off the couch and do something productive. If you were waiting in anticipation for fun ideas, I apologize, but I decided to post some of my ideas anyway. We have the whole holiday season to focus on the blessings in our life and shouldn't we cultivate hearts of thankfulness all year round?
Each year we have a tradition where the grandchildren in the family
name the Thanksgiving bird. Here we are carving "Tarzan the Turkey."
So, for those of you in the states, I hope you enjoyed your turkey and dressing and for the rest of you, maybe these ideas will fit in with your holiday celebration.
I mentioned in my last post, though it seems the holiday is mostly about food, the true tradition of Thanksgiving is rooted in the history of our country and the cooperation between two groups of people. It is about people who endured great hardship and still found gratitude in their hearts for all that God had done for them. With the food, parades and football games taking up a good chunk of time, I hope you all were able to focus on your blessings, even those who are in the midst of trials.
If this week passed too quickly, as it often does, in a whirlwind of eating, shopping and travelling from city to city, then maybe this week will be a better time to count your blessings. When we turn our focus outward, we naturally take our minds off ourselves and seeing those in need reminds us of all we have. So consider serving at a soup kitchen with the kids or visiting a nursing home. Sing carols in a poor neighbor and distribute hot home baked bread. Love on the elderly or infirmed members of your family with special deliveries of sweets or holiday decorations.
Here are a few ideas the Walls family are doing:
Alexandra's "shoebox" for Operation Christmas Child
GIVE TO CHARITY:
In our family, we use Dave Ramsey's "commissions" method for allowances. Each child earns money for chores and responsibilities they have in our home. They are required to divide their earnings into three categories: SAVE, SHARE and FUN.
Homemade Chex Mix