Retailers seem to want us to forget about Thanksgiving and just skip straight to Christmas (except for day after Thanksgiving sales). Even on my blog, I seem to focus on Christmas only (but only because I'm trying to plan ahead so I can celebrate the true meaning of Christmas).
But, Thanksgiving deserves our full attention, too. It is a day most of us spend with family and friends, reflecting on all that we are thankful for. It's a time for family traditions, whether it's a big turkey dinner with all the trimmings, fun with family, football, long naps, walks around the neighborhood, football in the backyard, etc.
We usually go to my in-laws house for the long weekend. We start out Thanksgiving morning with the Macy's Day parade, and then we have a huge turkey dinner with the extended family. The men (and a few women) watch the football game, and then by evening, we've pulled out the Christmas movies and start watching them.
To celebrate Thanksgiving, I wanted to share some websites that have activities that you can do with kids to reinforce the meaning of Thanksgiving.
- Annie has some ideas for faith-based Thanksgiving ideas.
- Kaboose also offers some fun facts about Thanksgiving as well as the history of the day.
- This article has some great ideas on teaching your kids to be thankful.
How are you teaching your kids to be thankful? What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?
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