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{SavourTheSeason} Day 25: Thanksgiving Traditions and Ideas

We've already had Thanksgiving here in Canada, because we're all backwards and strange up here.  But for those of you who are still anticipating your thanksgiving feast I thought I'd round up some of my favourite Thanksgiving ideas from around blogland.

I love this idea for Thanksgiving Gratitude Rolls from Beauty and Bedlam, especially the part about having people write their notes anonymously and then having guests guess who wrote each one.

Every year we watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving as a family.  I was 25 before I saw it for the first time, but it somehow makes me feel like a kid again anyways!

This Blessings String makes me smile.  You could have your family help you brainstorm blessings to put on it and then weave it across the dinner table for your holiday feast. 

Or have guests write in a blessings journal.  I love this idea because it gives people time to really think about their answers of what they are thankful for instead of being expected to blurt something out around the table.  It would also be really fun to sift through in future years.

Last year I shared our own simple Thanksgiving Garland (pictured above).  My kids loved being in charge of making sure that each guest added their own expressions of gratitude to the paper chain.

I don't consider myself a particularly sentimental person, but this Thanksgiving tablecloth tradition gave me chills.

And finally, I love these wise words on thankfulness from Ann VoskampHer words always speak to my heart in a way that leaves me nodding my head and smiling and wiping away tears all at the same time.  "I lay my hand on the rain-filmed windowpane and I see clearer. But this is not easy: That which I refuse to thank Christ for, I refuse to believe Christ can redeem..."  

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  1. So many great ideas here! We're going to need to start making some traditions here at home. This is our first Thanksgiving in Sicily AND our first without our extended family. Time to make it our "own"!

  2. I JUST posted a new tradition I've started for Thanksgiving this year. It's a "Thankful Station"...check it out! I'm loving it so far.

  3. That table cloth is fantastic! It kind of reminds me of one my family uses for Christmas every year. We have a tablecloth that's been around for at least the last 15 years or so - I think much longer than that though - and each year everyone signs names or writes something. There is no organization to where we write, so it's always fun to look for old entries when signing it for this year. And coming from a big family, this tablecloth is full!

  4. I LOVE the table cloth idea. I wish I knew how to Embroider. It is just an amazingly thoughtful idea. i love it!

  5. Two words: Hand turkeys!

    See ours here:

  6. My family does the same thing with a tablecloth for Thanksgiving. It's so fun to sit down and read all the old ones, and see how the kids' hands have grown. I especially love hunting down the spots where my Grandmother wrote, she passed away 6 years ago.


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