Getting a Head Start on Planning for Thanksgiving

Do you have plans for Thanksgiving? As usual, our family will get together at our house. I am starting my planning for Thanksgiving early this year and hopefully getting things organized well ahead of time so on Thanksgiving Day I will be able to enjoy most of the day with family, some I don’t get to see very often.

My favorite idea for starting a great family Thanksgiving Tradition is to have each family member bring at least one old picture. I have the perfect place in our sunroom to display all of them. I’m not sure if we should just have the person who brought the picture tell us about it or if we should make a game of it and have people choose a picture and then tell everyone who they think is in the picture and what is going on. In either case, I think it will be fun to hear some family stories and maybe learn a little more about the family. Thanks to InspiringHomeStyle.com for this family picture idea.
Family Activity CollageSomething else I will have ready for each guest to do while we are getting dinner ready is to make a Thanksgiving Hand Wreath. Thanks to ToysInTheDryer.com for the idea. I am going to put the kids in charge of getting everyone to trace their hand on a colored piece of paper and cut them out. I think it will be fun to have everyone sign their handprint and if they want, to write something they are thankful on it also. Then, I have a wire wreath that the kid’s can attached all the hands to. This should make a festive Thanksgiving decoration.

Another quick activity I plan to have to keep guests entertained is to fill a jar with candy corn and have each guest guess of how many pieces of candy are in the jar. After dinner, the person with the closest guess wins the candy. This is so easy to do ahead of time, as long as I can hide the jar of candy so no one eats any of it before Thanksgiving.
Candy Corn in jarAdditionally, I’ve planned just to give the kiddos something to do when they start to get a little bored called Pin the Feather on the Turkey. I found a cute Pin the Feather on the Turkey printable at LakeshoreLearning.com. I’ll just print out one turkey for each of the kids and let them color the turkey and feather and cut out their feather. Then all we need to do is choose one of the colored turkeys for everyone to pin the feather on. I’m sure this won’t take very long, but it will be something to occupy them for a little while anyway.

In closing, I want to remind everyone to remember why we celebrate Thanksgiving. Be thankful for all your blessings throughout the year. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, think about sharing your blessings with your neighbors and friends. Maybe make an extra loaf of bread and send it to a neighbor with a note of Thanks. However you celebrate, hope your Thanksgiving is filled with family, friends and many blessings.

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