Day 17 – Thankful Traditions

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“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4

This week, I have been reflecting on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is truly something we should have in our hearts all year and not just for a day. Did you know Thanksgiving is more than just a wonderfully scrumptious day to eat until our heart is content? We have so much to be thankful for as a nation, as Christians as mothers, daughters, sisters and friends.

I don’t know about you, but I am thankful to my Jesus for making the ultimate sacrifice for me! I am also so very thankful for my family.
So friends, with only one week left until Thanksgiving day, today I would like to talk about Thanksgiving traditions.
I love family traditions! To me, traditions are a huge part of the holiday season. From Thanksgiving to Christmas and right on into ringing in The New Year. It’s funny, whenever I hear the word “TRADITION”, all I can picture in my mind is Topol’s character Tevye from Fiddler On The Roof belting out the song “Tradition” . . . anyone else?

That’s okay, I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to musicals.

What is a tradition you might ask? Well, according to Google Dictionary, traditions is; The transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation. I can think of so many family traditions that are dear, sweet memories that touch my heart and soul?
Okay, quick show of hands . . . How many of you have your own special Thanksgiving traditions in your family? Well if you don’t or if you are in the market for a new tradition, you’ve come to the right place!

Thanksgiving Tablecloth

This year is my baby’s first Thanksgiving ! I am excited beyond belief. My husband and I are also hosting Thanksgiving at our home this year. We have been married three years( going on four) and have hosted Thanksgiving every year. However, this will be the first Thanksgiving we have had the opportunity to host both my husband’s side of the family as well as my side of the family. My husband is in The Marine Corps, so in the past we have hosted Thanksgiving with our other military friends in whichever state we were currently living in. This year, we are based in our home state of California. It is a year of firsts for us and we are thrilled about the possibility of creating a new and fresh tradition for our little family!

I have decided to create a Thankful Tablecloth this year. I have purchased a plain white tablecloth along with fabric markers ( this just means they are made to write on fabric without bleeding through). We are having ten people this Thanksgiving. We have decided to have a fabric marker placed at each person’s place setting. After the Thanksgiving prayer, we will ask our family members if they will write a quick blurb listing what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving. We will then ask them to sign their name next to their thankful comment along with the date and year.

Each Thanksgiving from here on, we plan to use this Thankful Tablecloth, and every year we will ask our guests( whoever they might be, both friends and family) to share on our Thankful table cloth what they are thankful for. It is our hope that years from now, our son and his family will read over this tablecloth with fond memories, a cheerful, thankful heart and an attitude of gratitude!

Here are some other wonderful Thanksgiving Family Traditions;

1. Create a Blessings Book: Have each member of your family write on a sheet of paper all that God has blessed them with. Then collect the papers and place them in a binder. This will be a great way to reflect and thank God for all he has blessed your family with.
2. A Thankful Tree: Make leaf cut-out. Have each family member write something they are thankful for on a leaf every day during the month of November. Then share your tree and create a table centerpiece with it on Thanksgiving.
3. A Thankful Quilt: Create a quilt set up so that after dinner everyone in the family can put in a few ties. Once finished, the quilt can be donated to a local shelter or Quilts of Valor organization for military members who have served our country.
4. Bible Passage: Have each family member select a scripture or story from the Bible that they are most thankful for. Then share and discuss during your Thanksgiving meal. This makes for excellent conversation.

Many blessings to you and your family this Thanksgiving!

Thankful Challenge:
Create A Thanksgiving Tradition for your family. Use one of the ideas mentioned in this post, or get fancy and create your own. Family traditions are an excellent way to preserve your family’s legacy.


Thankful Challenger:

I am a daughter of The King, wife to my Marine and new Mama to my sweet little boy! I am an elementary school teacher turned SAHM ( Stay At Home Mom) and Military wife. I am loving every minute of this beautiful life! My husband Rich is a First Lieutenant in The Marine Corps. We live in beautiful Orange County California.Follow us along on our journey as a young military family. The adventure of becoming first time parents, my sewing, crafts and cooking ideas and The Marine Corps! 🙂 You can find Sarah blogging over at The Adverntures of the Christensen and on Facebook.

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I am a sinner saved by grace trying to move through this broken world as a wife, mom and homeschooler. I have 3 gorgeous sons {24, 17 & 11} and a wonderful husband of 13 years, that have my heart! I don’t have all the answers however sharing my life with you in hopes that it will drawer you closer to Him. I pray that when you leave here you walk away knowing Him better.

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