I’m a big fan of making memories with my family…the holidays are no exception.
But this year the Thanksgiving holiday has snuck up on me.
I must admit that I am not as prepared as I was in years past.
But thankfully I have a few ideas from last year to carry forward into this year and a few more from a fellow blogger!
Some of the Best Thanksgiving Day Ideas to Make Your Holiday Memorable
Last year my family and I made some new traditions….
The Tablecloth of Thanksgiving
I bought a cheap white tablecloth along with some festive markers for each place setting. Each member of our family (including my littles) were encouraged to draw or write something they were thankful for from the past year. We wrote THANKSGIVING DAY in bold in the middle with the date next to it.
After we were finished we went around the table and discussed what each person wrote. It was a wonderful time of bonding, sharing our hearts and celebrating the victories God had given us that year.
Not only did we make memories, but we have a keepsake for future Thanksgivings!
Thanksgiving Day Family Game Box
We made a family game box, filled with questions that we would usually never ask each other.
We had questions like:
Where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world?
If you could talk to anyone from history, who would you talk to and why?
What has been the best gift you’ve ever received?
We were all really surprised by some of the answers! This time of fellowship and fun helped us to get to know each other more intimately and find out some interesting things we didn’t know!
A Thanksgiving Day Journal
Another awesome resource I created last year was a Thanksgiving Journal. It contained 14 days of scriptures on being thankful and ample space to write down what we are thankful for each day.
It’s amazing how much we had to be thankful for when we sat down and intentionally wrote a list!
This week I read a few more traditions I would love to incorporate from Deb at Counting My Blessings.
Deb listed 7 awesome Thanksgiving Day ideas to make the holiday memorable.
Here are just a few I want to incorporate:
Start the meal with a scripture verse and a prayer.
Although we’ve done this in the past, we haven’t been consistent every year. I would love to start a holiday tradition of beginning our meals meditating on the Word and praying together as a family.
Make a gratitude jar.
I would love for my family to write down all the things they are thankful for and put them in a jar. When we are feeling ungrateful or down, it’s a wonderful tool to remind us just how blessed we are!
Celebrate with the Legend of Five Kernels.
Although I haven’t read this particular book, I’ve read the many other Legends of…. books and they’ve all been wonderful!
Another great resource Deb offers is a list of 20 conversation starters for the Thanksgiving table!
I love this idea! Sometimes we just run out of things to talk about. This list will help us to stir up the fun when things get a little quiet at the table!
I want to leave you with this beautiful quote by Abraham Lincoln:
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. Abraham Lincoln,
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!