Thanksgiving tens to make me think of festive turkey dinners with relatives. Lots of family
members all coming together to share a meal. It is also a time to share our thoughts on what
we are thankful for - family, health, jobs, friends, good fortune, and the overcoming of hard
times and our ability to pull throw rough patches in our everyday lives.
We thank You for the turkey.
The gravy and the dressing.
Dear Lord, this table overflows
With Thy abundant blessing,
Let us always be aware
That all gifts come from You,
And may we serve Your heavenly will
In everything we do.
- Joanna Fuchs -
National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation
Maybe you would like to make your own special table runner, by incorporating your skill of knitting, crochet or some other handiwork. Quilting is an excellent way to be creative, and it was surely one of the most traditional means of table decoration in the times of the Pilgrims, although most of the fabric scraps were likely from the worn out clothing of dresses and shirts.
Free Knitting Pattern
Diamond Table Cloth - by Ann E. Gallentine
This lovely, knit Diamond Table Cloth pattern, by Ann E. Gallentine would be a wonderful tablecloth for any special get together. The free pattern instructions and further information can be found at: http://www.gallentine.org/Knitting/tablecloth.htm. But, you'll need to be a quick knitter to get this done in time, or begin one for next year :)
Table place cards are also a nice touch for the dinner table, with everyone's name done in gold calligraphy inks. Thanksgiving is also a time in which we reflect back on what has transpired in our lives over the past year, and all the good things we have to be thankful for.A fun idea is to get everyone thinking about 3-5 things that they are most thankful for, which they can jot down inside their place cards. Before, during or after dinner, each can state some of the things they are thankful for. This is an especially important lesson for smaller children, who may have never thought about blessings in their young lives. This game also opens the door to asking your child what they are thankful for, from school friends to loving parents and siblings, maybe a new clothing, a new school experience, teacher, neighborhood, new house, their own bedroom, a new pet, etc. Blessings come in big and small ways. Or, later over coffee and pumpkin pie, you can read everyone's thoughts, and
turn it into a guessing game, as to who said what.
Activities for Kids
Speaking of kids, there are additional fun activities that are available from many free internet sites, catering to kids ages. Anything that gets them involved in creative activities will be a hit at your gathering. And it keeps them entertained away from busy cooks and preparers of meals, which is a super good plan for busy kitchen moms. One year, my daughter got the kids involved in coloring, stamping, cutting out colored paper and puzzles. Depending on their ages, there are many such things to keep them happy and out of the way of baking pans and busy feet. And, they can take home whatever they make, to keep as a souvenir of their special Thanksgiving holiday event.
activity. Adults and children can chat while they color and relay all the things that they are thankful for. What a great low-stress, creative and fun way to share the Thanksgiving message to youngsters. And, the children can take their artwork home to place on the fridge. Take a picture and keep as a memento of the shared holiday time spent together as a communal festivity. Okay, now go get your crayons!
enjoy the day with family. The floats are creative and have taken many talented people painstaking hours to create for our fanciful enjoyment. Along with floats, are musical bands, baton twirlers, clowns, horses and a vast array of performers. Macy's has been involved in Thanksgiving Day parades since 1924. This year's parade is being held on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 9am (EST) and will be televised nationally on NBC.
and took the bus into downtown Portland to watch the Rose Festival Parade, in June. When I think
of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, it makes me shiver, knowing that the weather is generally very cold at that time of the year. So, I have to give props to those of you who are brave enough to venture out into the cold air to support the float makers and all the folks involved in riding on the floats and making the event a huge success and tradition for others. One day,I'd love to take my family to the event and enjoy the festivities.
S for a Bichon Frise (chest = 15-17"/40/44cm)
M for a Cocker Spaniel (chest = 19-20.5"/48/52 cm)