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Don’t Forget the Season of Thankfulness!

It’s early November and already social media is filled with brag shots of Christmas trees decorated to the hilt.

But what about Thanksgiving?

Have we forgotten the season of gratitude?
Have we forgotten to be thankful for the blessings that we have received throughout the previous year?
The turkey has been a well-loved symbol of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.
The turkey has been a well-loved symbol of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. (Public domain postcard available from Vintage.com)

 

Here’s one idea for putting up the tree that keeps the ‘Gratitude Attitude’ going for just a wee bit longer before the Christmas hustle and bustle arrives.

Why not have a Thanksgiving Tree?

Yes, you can put the tree up early.

But instead of decorating it like a Christmas tree, why not use the items found in the horn of plenty or cornucopia.

Get the Children Involved

Let the children get involved by cutting out shapes of pumpkins, grapes, acorns, or another fall harvest fruitage.  Use a hole punch to cut a hole in the top of the shapes through which to attach a string or ribbon for hanging.

Allow every family member to write something for which they are thankful on the shapes. Place the extra shapes in a basket near the tree for visitors to participate.

Hang the blessings on the tree along with strands of popcorn, orange ribbons, appropriately colored bobbles, etc. Tuck artificial pumpkins, gourds, pine cones, ears of corn, etc., between the branches.

You might also enjoy letting the children make small cornhusk dolls to place on the tree.  Cornhusks can also be used to make ribbons for tying.

Sharing the harvest of blessings from the field has been a long-held tradition.
Sharing the harvest of blessings from the field has been a long-held tradition. (Public domain postcard from Vintage.com)

Get Creative

Use your creativity to think of other items you might use. The main idea is to get our hearts in a thankful mood before Christmas so that we can truly be thankful for the greatest blessing of all, Jesus Christ. And, yes, share your tree photos on social media.

After Thanksgiving

After the Thanksgiving holiday, just replace the Thanksgiving decorations with Christmas ones. The tree will already be up, and the children will love getting to decorate the tree twice.

And maybe, just maybe, everyone will remember what Thanksgiving is truly about and have a thankful heart for the bounty they will soon receive.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Tree!
From our house to yours, have a blessed Thanks Giving season.

©2017 by Peggy Clark

Please share your Thanksgiving ideas. We’ve love to hear the unique ideas you have for the season.

 

 

Sacrifices to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Sacrifices Not to be Forgotten

November will soon be gone, and December will be upon us before we know it. This month, as we set aside time to give thanks for the many blessings bestowed upon us, may we not be quick to forget those sacrifices that many have made on our behalf.

Although November 11 is set aside each year to remember our military veterans, it seems these brave men and women who have given their lives are too swiftly forgotten in the bustle of activities that soon follow.

The brave heroes of the past include such great military men as General Douglas MacArthur, General George Patton, and General Dwight Eisenhower. These men led forces against the evil of Hitler, Mussolini, and General Tito’s aggressive and cruel regimes.

Others have also fought for the freedoms of peoples.

General George Washington led a small group of untrained and ill-equipped volunteers against the overwhelming forces of Britain’s highly trained military and their hired elite forces secured from Germany. His bravery and the men and women who fought with him led to the establishment of the United States of America.

Lieutenant Colonel William Travis led a small group of 182 men and women from Texas against the mighty forces of the Mexican General Santa Anna. Although they failed to win this battle, their sacrifices stirred the hearts of the Texan people to prevail in freeing Texas from the Mexican government.  Afterward Texas was granted the privilege of becoming part of the United States.

So many unknown who gave so much.
Cross Grave Marker of Unknown

As We Set Our Tables This Year

As we set our tables this year and share our blessings with those we love and care for, may we also be reminded that the ability to share those blessings without fear of bondage and confinement, was paid for with the blood of courageous men and women whose sacrifices we must never forget.


Do you have a member of the military sitting at your table this Thanksgiving?
Do you have a family story to tell of sacrifices made on behalf of your country? community? family?
What plans have you made to give thanks for the blessings bestowed upon you and your family?