It's togetherness, not turkey, that makes Thanksgiving a special holiday. Try these together-time traditions.
|Thanks for the Memories - Think of people you're thankful
the older neighbor who has tools to lend or the librarian
who can find just the right book. Make thank-you cards for those
people who have touched your lives.
||Double the Pleasure - Have your children help make
pumpkin pies. Double the recipe and donate one of the pies to
your local soup kitchen, or share it with a shut-in in your parish/neighborhood.
||Let the Games Begin - What can you do while the turkey's
roasting? Get out the games. Each Thanksgiving, begin a tradition
of buying a new game that appeals to all ages.
||Healthy Habits - Make an after-dinner walk part of
your family's tradition. Warn guests to bring walking shoes and
||Give Thanks - Attend your parish's or community Thanksgiving
service before you carve the bird!
Adapted from Jr. High Ministry Magazine, October/November 1993.
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