Cooking Up Thanksgiving Memories

November 24, 2014

In my household as a single mother, I didn’t have my children Thanksgiving Day.  They were always with their dad. But I did find ways to celebrate Thanksgiving the week of and find innovative ways to make traditions of our own.

Would any of these festive ideas work with your younger kiddos?

Everyone’s a Chef – Prepare a meal together and let the kids wear the chef’s hat. Find simple recipes (jello, easy pumpkin pie, tossed salad). Cook together.

Everyone’s an Actor or Actress. Let the kids act out a play, complete with props. My kids worked on their performances for hours where I had to purchase a ticket to come.

Everyone’s a pillow owner. Conduct a movie family night. Watch – A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – or – Alvin and the Chipmunks Thanksgiving Celebration. And don’t forget the pillow fight.

Everyone’s a list maker. Sometime during the week, write down what everyone would like to do before Christmas.

Everyone’s a praise giver. Talk about God’s faithfulness and share one reason why you’re thankful.

It doesn’t take much to cook up holiday memories.  The only ingredients necessary are a little preparation and a lot of love.

Psalm 9:1 – And I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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