Thanksgiving Post Challenge - Starting A New Family Tradition

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Thanksgiving with Family

Starting a New Family Tradition

 

Thanksgiving is a chance for families to gather together, to feast and to enjoy being with one another. But the day can also be a meaningful time to reflect on our blessings and remember how God has been faithful in our lives.

 

Many families have special traditions they use to show gratitude to God and each other.  In my family, Thanksgiving Day begins early in the day with food preparations and beautiful music flowing through our home along with the sound of laughter as well as hustle and bustle with fabulous smells bringing back lots of memories of past Thanksgiving Days.

 

Today I wanted to focus on a few different Family Traditions that I found fun and interesting and decided to share them with you today. 

 

The Tree of  Thanks 

Using brown construction paper, cut out a trunk and branches of a tree and tape it to the wall.   Then make leaves using red, yellow, and orange construction paper.  Hand out the leaves to everyone who comes to Thanksgiving Dinner – siblings, spouses and their kids – asking them to write something for which they are thankful on each leaf.  (You are allowed to fill in more than one leaf). Children are usually the most enthusiastic, while adults may be reluctant at first, but once they start reading each other’s leaves, they will participate and you will be surprised to see some leaves with detailed, heartfelt lists.

 

The Tablecloth of Memories

Once you have finished your meal bring out a package of fabric pens. Ask everyone present (family and guests) to write something on the tablecloth that they were thankful for. Each one takes turns writing short notes on the cloth … notes of love for family, our country, and our God are arranged in an intricate puzzle across the light yellow cloth.  Children’s traced handprints are tucked in next to earnest messages of gratitude, even Great Grandma’s shaky handwriting holds a special place in the center of the mosaic.  This tablecloth will become precious to your family and every November you will be honored to put out the Tablecloth of Memories – while the children search to find their handprints, thrilled to see how much they have grown!

 

When all the guests have gone home and dishes put away, take a few moments for a tradition of your own by reading all the special messages left behind. Not all the same family members or guests are present every year, but the words on the cloth (of Thanksgiving Days gone by) will remind ou to say a prayer of thanks for each and everyone who has shared a meal at your table.

 

Bread of Blessings

On small pieces of paper, type either positive affirmations or Bible Verses and tuck them into the dinner rolls. At Thanksgiving dinner, family members read their message out loud when they open their roll.  Now your meals will be filled with promises of God's goodness until the last roll disappears from the basket.

 

                                                                      Thanksgiving Cornicopia

Hope this gave you some ideas of how you can start your own tradition!  Feel free to share some traditions of your own!

 

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Comments (12)

David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

I like that idea of the tree/leaves.  We started our tradition when we got married, and it started with telling eachother what we were thankful for.  It kept going, and was requested of all who came to dine with us.

Nov 25, 2016 12:16 PM
Diana Dahlberg

I love family traditions and when it gets requested again by those who come to dine with us that's a blessing!

Nov 25, 2016 12:49 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Those are some ingenious ideas for a Thanksgiving full of giving thanks. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Nov 25, 2016 05:51 PM
Diana Dahlberg

You are very welcome Debbie Reynolds ... it would be fun to find out what others do for their family traditions.

Nov 25, 2016 05:53 PM
Laura Moore
Coldwell Banker - Granite Bay, CA
Competent ~ Caring ~ Committed

Love the tablecloth idea! Will de bringing that one to our Holidays this year

Nov 25, 2016 05:54 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Awesome Laura Moore .. would love to see a picture of it when you complete the first holiday!

Nov 26, 2016 05:30 PM
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

Great ideas. Wish I had started that when the kids were younger.

Nov 25, 2016 06:50 PM
Diana Dahlberg

There are so many fun things and creative ideas ... but it's never too late to start!

Nov 26, 2016 05:29 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Excellent Ideas Diana!

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving greetings

I hope that you and your loved ones have a very special weekend!

Bob

Nov 25, 2016 10:22 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Thanks Bob Crane ... My husband and I spent this Thanksgiving with my parents.  It was fabulous.  Thanks!

Nov 26, 2016 05:28 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Tradtions are so important, esp to kids. They may complain but deep down I think they like the family, consistancy. Thanks for sharing new ideas!

Nov 26, 2016 06:06 PM
Diana Dahlberg

And even though many young people will say they think their parents are not "with it" -- it's amazing to see how many of them follow in the same footsteps and keep those special family traditions.  Thanks Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR for your comments.

Nov 26, 2016 07:25 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

What a wonderful tradition to start Diana, thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Nov 26, 2016 08:16 PM
Diana Dahlberg

You are very welcome Sybil Campbell ... I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

Nov 29, 2016 04:18 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Diana, those are some great ideas to share what we are thankful for. Hope you enjoyed a happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 27, 2016 05:21 PM
Diana Dahlberg

I did, thanks Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES ... spent a very nice day with my husband and elderly parents.  Precious Moments.

Nov 29, 2016 04:19 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Those are some really great ideas!  Do you have a favorite one?

Nov 27, 2016 09:16 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Thanks Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 for your kind words.  My favorite is the Table Cloth ...

Nov 29, 2016 04:19 PM
Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

Love it. Thanks for taking time to share w/ us...

Nov 28, 2016 08:43 AM
Diana Dahlberg

You are very welcome Robert Hicks ... so glad you loved it! 

Nov 29, 2016 04:20 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love your ideas, especially the table cloth.  The table cloth could be re-used and a provide a nice Holiday or not spirit! 

Nov 28, 2016 01:42 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Thanks Jan Green - The Tablecloth can be used for every family gathering ... or you could use a different color for each holiday.  All good memories and something the guests come to look forward to. 

Nov 29, 2016 04:23 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Diana I could have sworn I stopped in and commented on this post a couple days ago... strange.... need double check once I comment see if it stuck... I was wondering how do you clean the tablecloth after it? just curious, Endre

Nov 29, 2016 10:47 PM
Diana Dahlberg

That's a very good question.  I just wash on gentle, cold/warm water.  Endre Barath, Jr. 

Nov 30, 2016 11:17 PM