Each year at this time, I get out a special book.
We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving by the Pilgrims and Indians but what happened before? Why were they so thankful that year? This book sweetly tells the story of tragedy, perseverance, and faith of these people. It reminds our family of the things that we should be truly thankful for. This week we are tossing aside our regular history lessons and reading this instead. It's become a tradition.
Over the years, we have done a few things that made Thanksgiving memorable. Things that made it more than food and football.
Often we have 5 kernels of corn by each place setting as a reminder of the Pilgrims daily rations one winter before the first Thanksgiving. How blessed we are to have food on the table. The kernels are a poinant reminder of simple blessings of daily needs.
We also share things that we are thankful for. One year, our boys made a Mayflower ship out of a milk carton and every one put a slip of paper in it with what they were thankful for. We laughed and cried. Our family was thankful for everything from God's forgiveness to diapers!
No matter what, we pause to pray and thank God for all the blessings He has given to us. This year I am especially grateful for all we have. Our new farm has been so much work but it is exactly what we have always wanted. For that I am very thankful.
Added to that is food and football and that is good too.
What do you do that makes Thanksgiving special for your family?