This is the first year in a decade that I will be spending Thanksgiving at home with just my husband and children.
I have to say that I am actually really excited about this.
When it comes to this time of year, I embrace tradition with a vengeance. I love doing the same things the same way. For some reason for me this translates into stability and gives the season extra warmth.
I also like to keep my holidays separate. November is for Thanksgiving: from November 1 – 30. Christmas must wait until December, because I want to embrace every drop of Thanksgiving I can.
All of it.
The story, the meaning, the fall-ish season – and then when December comes it is all Christmas all month long.
|Read the Story Behind Thanksgiving here|
I am so excited that this year I can actually start creating traditions with my children. My oldest is only 4, but we’re already starting to teach him about American history and the importance of a thankful heart.
Here are our family’s traditions that we are starting this year:
1. Learning about the Thanksgiving Story.
We are watching This Is America Charlie Brown during homeschool. This is a wonderful cartoon and a very accurate depiction of the arrival of the Mayflower and early settlement of the colonies.
2. Dressing up and acting the story
We will also act out the story by making a boat in our house and acting out the story of how Squanto came and helped the pilgrims and how the 120 braves came and enjoyed a feast with the pilgrims. I love this part of the Thanksgiving story. Unity. Fellowship. Mutual respect. Giving. Generosity.
Such wonderful godly traits to build in our hearts!
3. 5 Kernels of Corn
I shared about this tradition we had growing up in this post I wrote over at WholeHearted Home. This is definitely a tradition we will carry over in our home. The meaning behind it is so powerful and the story so amazing. Our present is built on the foundation of the past, and must never forget the sacrifices our forefathers made to give us a land where we can freely worship God.
|Read 5 Kernels of Corn here|
4. Decorate the house for fall
While we were in the States, I purchased some fall decorations: Fall refrigerator magnets, window stickers, a table runner, a special fall candle, and a sign for our house. Fall is my favorite time of year, so I am really enjoying all the pretty warm colors. My children have enjoyed having the house look pretty, too.
5. Make a pumpkin pie together
My boys love pumpkins.With the decorations, they have discovered the color orange and what pumpkins look like. We also have a Pumpkin book that they love to read.
This year, we will cut up a pumpkin together, cook it down, and then make a pumpkin pie as part of our “science” part of our homeschool program. They love to cook, so this should be loads of fun!
6. Turkey art projects
From hand print turkeys to fall leaf turkey feathers; from Kleenex box Thankful turkey boxes to turkey feather hat bands, there are so many fun art project ideas. I need to make a Turkey art project Pinterest board! You’ll want to follow me on Instagram right now so your feed is filled with all the cute turkey goodness of what we plan to do around here!
7. A Thankful Tree
We will start this tradition next year. My children are still a little too young to grasp this concept, but I am already looking forward to gathering the twigs and cutting out the leaves from colored paper.
8. Leaf sugar cookies
Speaking of leaves, my mom gave me some pretty leaf cookie cutters. This year we will start a tradition of making leaf cookies and decorating them. That should be loads of fun!
9. The Dinner!
Oh – this will be so much fun! For this small family of four, most certainly we will not need a whole turkey. Thankfully, we can easily purchase just the leg and thigh.I can’t wait to sit down and map our our menu! Be watching for some recipes, because I am fairly certain I will be sharing them here.
Because we don’t have boxed stuffing and premade pie crusts, I have to make the entire meal from scratch. This will be fun!
Dear reader, here is a book that my parents read to us as homeschooled kids. This is one of the best books written on the history of the founding of America. I encourage you to purchase this volume packed with quotes from original sources and documents by our Founding Fathers.