Give thanks to the Lord...

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever" 1 Chronicles 16:34
When my brother married an American, a new festival entered my family calendar: Thanksgiving. To me, Thanksgiving is a much overlooked American celebration, one that trumps Halloween in my opinion. 

Over the years we have attempted a few different things. We replaced turkey with fresh fish, and pumpkin pie with strawberries. The first year we tried going around in a circle saying what we were thankful for. For a family that doesn't share emotions easily, this was somewhat awkward. 

Our most successful idea was to create a Thankful Tree. Over the course of the afternoon, family members could write on a paper disk something they were thankful for, and hang it on the tree. We enjoyed reading each other's ideas and even the youngest of us wrote a word or two.

Our most hilarious idea was to invite everyone to bring along a food they were thankful for. We ended up with a very eclectic mix. My brother brought a whole fish, my 5 year old nephew a bag of marshmallows.

Is there something simple you could do with your family to be thankful?
Why not create a Thankful Tree with your children's programme at church? Or, take it one step further and create a large Thankful Tree in the foyer of your church so that All Ages can participate. Have pens on hand so people can add to it over the month of November. 

Do you have a simple Thanksgiving practice you can share with others? We would love to hear from you. 
(Check out our pinterest page for some ideas)

Annette Osborne 
Children and Families Team 
Scripture Union, Auckland.


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