I’m totally serious here, and, no, I am not Canadian. I have decided that I am sick and tired of having one little day in November set aside for giving thanks, especially now that it’s sandwiched between what have become two huge “GIMME” holidays in American culture: Halloween and Christmas.
And for many of us, Thanksgiving itself has become a “gimme” holiday in its own right. It has become a day when we gorge ourselves on more food than we need and spend little to no time on gratitude!
So, I have decided that this year, our family will be instituting a new tradition of celebrating a full season of Thanksgiving.
We will start on the second Monday of October, which is Canadian Thanksgiving (October 14th this year), and finish on American Thanksgiving, the fourth Thursday in November (November 28th this year). We will be doing all sorts of activities to instill and practice gratitude. We will be having more people over than usual so we can share our many blessings. I’ll be sharing these types of home and family activities here at Mommynificent.
And in our homeschool, we’ll be studying a number of different cultures’ thanksgiving celebrations around the world. We’ll even be trying out a few of their recipes and activities as appropriate. I’ll be sharing these school activities over at Desperate Homeschoolers.
Would you like to join us for Thanksgiving season? I’ll be keeping an updated index of posts in the series right here on this page, so you can bookmark it and visit often! Here’s the updated list of all the posts in this series:
- Introductory posts from Mommynificent and Desperate Homeschoolers
- A Canadian Thanksgiving with a free printable of Psalm 9:1
- Helping Kids Learn to Pray for Others with a free printable of 1 Chronicles 29:14
- 5 Ideas to Engage Kids in Praying for the World (over at One Fun Mom)
- A Love Letter to the World with a free Mother Teresa quote printable (over at Desperate Homeschoolers)
- Togetherness at Thanksgiving
- Quality Time vs. Quantity Time with a free printable (over at Desperate Homeschoolers)
- A Malaysian Thanksgiving with free printables of Psalm 50:23 in multiple languages
- A Pioneer Days Blueberry Pudding for Canadian Thanksgiving (and Girl Scouts!) (over at Desperate Homeschoolers)
- A book review of a new picture book about Abraham Lincoln, the president who instituted American Thanksgiving
- Picture books and other resources for Thanksgiving
- Thankful for Freedom: A Grenadian Thanksgiving, guest-written by my friend Sarah who is currently living in Grenada. I’m super excited about this one as I didn’t even know Grenada had their own Thanksgiving! You can get to know Sarah on her blog, sarahfaithhansen.com.
- The Selamatan: An Indonesian Thanksgiving Celebration, guest-written by my friend Dave Ray of DaveRayPhoto.com. I think you’ll really enjoy Dave’s beautiful photography as well as his insight into Indonesian culture!
- Fasting is Feasting…and our kids think so too!
- Thanksgiving Chapter Books for Kids (over at Desperate Homeschoolers)
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