Countdown to Thanksgiving: Eight Ways in Eight Days to help make your Thanksgiving a Celebration
If we count down eight days until Thanksgiving I'm going to be celebrating all by myself next Sunday. I am a wee bit behind, and in all honesty, when this idea sprang into my little noggin, I didn't realize how much it would consume me. I should have stuck with a word with fewer letters like "Thanks" or "blessed"....no wait.... "bless", take the "ed" off. There's "turkey" or "bird" or "corn". At least I didn't pick "Cornucopia". But that's STILL fewer letters than "Thanksgiving"! Though I think trying to find a word for the letter "u" in cornucopia would be just as hard as it is trying to think of a Thanksgiving word for the letter "K".
Knife: That has an "n" sound to it which to me disqualifies it as a legit "K" word. And the word "knife" is kind of a dull topic; about as dull as my actual Cutco knives are at the moment. Last time I had my knives sharpened was five years ago. Why do I remember?
Because I proceeded to cut my finger very badly with my newly sharpened knife. There was a baby calf needing colostrum, (calves need colostrum from their mamas within their first few hours of life to survive) and we had a frozen block of colostrum that needed defrosting. In my attempt to cut the block into pieces to hurry the thawing process, I slashed my finger. Pandemonium. My husband came to my aid with his manure infested hands to wrap my finger in duck tape. Duck tape heals everything. But because of the colostrum and the duck tape, I didn't even have a scar after one week. I was so impressed with the healing power of colostrum that I now slather my face with it whenever possible. Wrinkle cream.
Ok I got it.
The letter "K" in Thanksgiving stands for....
"Train up a child in the way they should go and even when they are old they shall not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than to be sitting amongst the blessings God has given us? Our children are a gift from the Lord. On this day of Thanksgiving, if space allows, let your children sit with the older family members. Incorporating all family members to the table is a reflection of the family of God.
God's family is for all ages. He doesn't segregate. There is sweet fellowship when we all share the same food at the same table. Age segregation seems to be so prevalent in this day; even in our churches. We need to take the time and glean from our elders and what better time than the Thanksgiving table.
Eat around the table as a family. Make it a habit. This is a great launching pad for developing conversation skills, cultivating good table manners, and practicing patience. When our children were younger, I would set a timer and they had to stay seated at the table until it went off. It curbed the "eat and run" mentality. Training your children to have good table manners will help them point others to Christ when they are in public.
Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from Him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.
"The Thanksgiving Treasure" is written by Nebraska author Gail Rock, and this children's book is one of my favorites. One year I read it out loud to the family as we were traveling to Arizona. The book takes an unlikely turn and it had me blubbering so hard I couldn't read. The lesson learned in this story is good for the young and old alike.
Now on to pondering more letters.......