10 Thanksgiving Ideas for Christian Families

Thanksgiving Ideas for Christian Families
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Are you looking for ways to enrich your time together as a family this Thanksgiving holiday? Here are a few simple ideas to express thanks to God as a family in unique and creative ways on Thanksgiving Day.

1 - Read a Thanksgiving Story

Set aside a few moments on Thanksgiving Day to come together and read a Thanksgiving story. One favorite for many families is Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp. For over 25 years, this book has helped children from all backgrounds to gain perspective on broader notions of "giving thanks" based on beliefs of Indigenous peoples. The book serves as a reminder for readers to appreciate the blessings that come from Mother Earth, including the wind, rain, and stars. Chief Jake Swamp was a Mohawk Nation diplomat and the founder of the Tree of Peace Society.

2 - Write a Thanksgiving Poem or Prayer

Take on the project of writing a family Thanksgiving poem or prayer together, allowing each family member to contribute a line or stanza. If you need inspiration, here are a few favorite Thanksgiving prayers, poems, and blessings. Feel free to share them with your family and friends this holiday.

3 - Share Thanksgiving Bible Verses

Ask each family member to read a favorite Bible verse before the Thanksgiving meal. Here are several well-chosen Scriptures on giving thanks including this one in Psalm 107:1, 8-9: "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things." (NLT)

4 - Remember Thanksgivings Past

During Thanksgiving dinner, ask each family member to share an unforgettable Thanksgiving holiday memory. Don't forget to include children.

5 - Celebrate With Thanksgiving Communion

Plan a time of family Communion on Thanksgiving Day to give thanks by remembering Christ's life, death, and resurrection. Consider reading the Last Supper Bible story, which forms the biblical basis for Christian Communion. Passages of Scripture that cover the Last Supper are found in Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-20; and John 13:1-30.

6 - Pass on a Thanksgiving Blessing

Invite a surviving spouse, single person, or someone seeking companionship to share in your family Thanksgiving meal. Give a grocery store or gas gift card to a single parent or a family experiencing financial struggles or food insecurity. Take a piece of pie to someone in a nursing home. The possibilities are endless, so put on your collective thinking caps and get ready to be blessed in return.

7 - Hold a Thanksgiving Day Parade or Play

If you really want to get creative, put on your own Thanksgiving Day parade with family members making up the cast. Invite your friends and neighbors to attend. Here are a few more Pilgrim theme ideas to incorporate.

8 - Give a Thanksgiving Offering

Prepare a special Thanksgiving offering to give to a family who may be struggling with food insecurity. Grocery store gift cards are an excellent way to help. If you don't personally know someone, consider calling your local church. Most churches can direct you to families or persons in need of financial help, especially during the holidays. Also, you might prefer giving to a favorite charity.

9 - Help with a Thanksgiving Meal for Others

Maybe you know someone who is dealing with a serious illness or injury. Shopping for groceries and cooking an elaborate Thanksgiving meal may be too exhausting and expensive for them. Why not lift that burden off their shoulders by letting them know you'll cook for them at Thanksgiving? Then prepare and deliver their feast, or at least their groceries, in advance.

10 - Enjoy a Thanksgiving Sports Game or Workout

Keep the whole family in shape with an active outdoor game or workout activity designed to burn off those extra Thanksgiving calories. Consider kid-friendly physical activities that can be easily adapted for toddlers, teens, and seniors too. For example, plan a neighborhood football game or a long nature hike for the Thanksgiving weekend.

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