Last year I made these cute little pilgrim and Native American figures out of toilet paper rolls. It ended up being my most popular post of the year, even when I couldn't include directions because the link was broken. Go figure. The grandkids loved these little figures and played with them all week.
The paper turkey I made years ago following a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.
The Thanksgiving faith index cards I made two years ago and we have used them every year at Thanksgiving. The kids love them and they bring a spiritual element to the table. Each family member picks a card, then reads the Bible verse on Thankfulness on the front of the card, then they talk about what that verse means to them. The experience takes it a little beyond just mentioning what you are thankful for, since for most of us that doesn't change much year to year (family, friends, health, job, etc.). You can find more information on the Thanksgiving Faith Index Cards HERE!
Now about the little packet of corn; our church has a Thanksgiving Eve service the night before Thanksgiving Day. At the service, the pastor shared the hardships of the early pilgrims and how many had starved to death their first winter in the new land. He said many pilgrims only had five kernels of corn a day to eat, and we were sent home with little packets of five kernels of corn to remind us of the hardships of the early settlers and how much we had to be grateful for today.
Now whether the story is true or a myth I don't know, but I love the lesson the legend can teach us today.
I put the packets of corn on the grandchildren's plates so we could discuss the values we learned from the story during the meal. The grandkids then decided to try and eat the corn 🤯😆, so we had to quickly grab the corn bits away from them. I think if I ever do this again, I would use candy corn. 😀
I have many different styles and colors of plates and cups already in my dining ware collection, and these jeweled toned plates and Harvest Gold glass cups are perfect for a fall table.
Fall paper napkins were used in place of cloth ones, once again, more practical with little ones.
And finally, prior to our Thanksgiving meal, I printed out some Thanksgiving scenes for the grandchildren and I to color. This was one I colored in using Copic markers. I displayed it on the hutch next to the dining room table.
I hope you enjoyed reading about how my family and I celebrate Thanksgiving. I will be taking the week off in lieu of the holiday. I will return November 29th with a Bible Journaling post.
Have a Great Day and a Happy Thanksgiving. Amy
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