Time to make a plan for Thanksgiving Week! We’ve done pretty much the same thing for several years now, so it’s mostly grab-and-go for me now, which is nice.
If you’re looking for ideas for a simple but celebratory Thanksgiving week, here are some ideas from our house.
Also, don’t miss my new series over at Simplified Organization: Create a Holiday Interval Plan for Simplicity & Sanity. Each week from now until Christmas, I’ll post my tasks for the week to take us through the holiday season, doing what must be done and keeping our spirits up while we do it. Putting on a party and making Christmas special is a good work of service we do for our family and others – we can do it, and do it well. I hope you’ll join me! This week we start off with lists to make for Christmas planning.
Thanksgiving Circle Time
We do a themed Circle Time during Thanksgiving Week, and I have the papers stapled together into booklets to reuse each year.
Here’s what’s in them:
- Hymns: Give Thanks to God (Psalm 136), Whole-Hearted Thanksgiving to Thee I Will Bring (Psalm 9), Now Thank We All Our God
- Scripture Memory: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Colossians 2:6-7
- Poem: Thou that has given so much (George Herbert), The First Thanksgiving of All (Nancy Byrd Turner), George Washington’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation
Short and sweet and heavy on the singing rather than the reciting. :)
These are the ones I’ve collected so far, and they only come out for Thanksgiving.
Do you have favorite Thanksgiving picture books?
I’m not much of an activities or fun-and-games mom, but these have become traditions now at our house:
We bring in branches from the yard, stick them in a tall vase, and then cut out leaf shapes from fall-colored construction paper. The kids write out what they’re thankful for and hang them with string from the branches.
Ours never turns out looking particularly good, but it’s still a fun and appropriate thing to do.
Frosted Leaf Sugar Cookies
I have a leaf cookie cutter, and so we make some sugar cookies and the kids decorate their fall leaves. Messy, but everyone loves it, of course.
We inherited the Winckler family tradition of doing a gingerbread house on Thanksgiving Day after the meal. Some years we use a kit, some years we do a graham cracker version, but after the year where Matt tried making his own gingerbread from scratch we don’t start from scratch anymore.
And that’s it. Some singing, some books, and even a few activities. And other than the short Circle Time, we take the whole week off of school, which is the children’s favorite part, of course.