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I absolutely lOVE Thanksgiving. It's the one day a year where I don't feel bad eating like a little miss piggy. If my pants aren't tight when I go to leave the table, I'm severely disappointed in myself. And you better believe the only reason I'm getting up from the table is to head to the oven to take the pie out of the oven while simultaneously saying how I will never eat again.
A fun fact about how Thanksgiving got its date
The first Thanksgiving took place in 1621 and was actually a three day feast with 90 Native Americans. (Talk about having a big family to feed!). In 1789, President Washington declared November 26 as the official Thanksgiving Day, however, only the northern states celebrated it. Finally in 1864 President Lincoln declared it a national holiday and changed it from November 26th to the fourth Thursday in November. President Roosevelt tried changing it to the third Thursday, but the people did not like that, so it was back to the fourth Thursday within two years time.
Now onto a few of my favorite things - Thanksgiving traditions edition!
Hang a twisty wreath made of vines on the front door. Include some mums, gourds, pumpkins, corn, candles or lanterns
Give each kid their own "shopping list". Let them know that they can add any one item of their choice to the cart.
There are so many people in need of donations during this Holiday season. Most grocery stores have the option to donate to families in need while you're already there shopping! If not, check out your local church.
This one is just for you, mama. Wake up early Thanksgiving morning and get a head start on cooking/baking. Make yourself a nice cup of cocoa or coffee and enjoy the quietness of the house and the aroma's coming from your oven.
Break Out Your Cute Apron
Now's the best time to throw on that apron and dance around the kitchen.
Write the word "Winner" on a piece of parchment paper. Wrap it in tinfoil and pop it in the mix of one of the unbaked corn muffins. Whoever finds the note in their muffin wins a chocolate turkey!
Enjoy A Special Treat For Breakfast
I love making apple muffins or donuts to celebrate the season!
Go For A Hike
Not only does it feel good to move your body on a day full of eating, but now is the time where the leaves are beautiful.
Write a "Thank You" To Someone Special
While dinner is cooking, sit down and write a note to someone special. This could be a family member, a friend, or even someone famous who inspires you. It's a great idea to have the whole family participate in this sweet tradition.
Don't forget to thank God for all the wonderful blessing you have in your life. Pray as a family before eating dinner.
Spoil Your Pets
Dogs and cats love turkey too! Just make sure the scraps you're giving them doesn't have bones or any toxic ingredients in them. Check online to make sure what you're feeding them is pet-friendly.
Send your Host a "Thank You" Note
Hosting Thanksgiving is a huge undertaking. Thank your host/hostess by sending them a sweet thank you card.
Make a Habit Of Being Thankful
Every night before bed speak about what you're grateful for. This is a great habit to get your kids into. Finding things you're grateful for (even when life is tough) is a great way to raise happy, resilient kids.
Games to Play
Turkey Treasure Hunt
Hide these 12 turkey's and set the kids off to see who can find the most! Winner get's to take home an extra serving of their favorite dessert!