8 Thanksgiving Tradition And Gift Ideas That Encourage Faith, Fellowship And Fun
Add a healthy serving of gratitude to your celebration with these 8 Thanksgiving traditions and gift ideas, designed to encourage faith, fellowship and fun! Even if your time and budget are limited, you can offer an especially warm welcome, inspire ideas for good deeds and remind everyone about the power of faith.
We hope you enjoy browsing through these faith-centered Thanksgiving tradition and gift ideas. You can use any or all of them to celebrate your blessings and create a Thanksgiving celebration that friends and family will remember for years to come.
Now, let’s relax, enjoy and be inspired!
8 Thanksgiving Tradition And Gift Ideas
One: Thanksgiving Blessings Notebook
As people enter your home, set out a simple notebook for “Thanksgiving Blessings”. Your guests will be inspired by this thoughtful Thanksgiving tradition as they write about their blessings; conversations about gratitude are sure to follow. Encourage your friends and family to add comments as the day progresses and then gift this notebook to next year’s Thanksgiving host. It’s a nice idea to start out the notebook with your entry about blessings, which can include the names of your guests.
Two: Thanksgiving Thank You Notes
Surprise your guests with thank you notes!
You can leave a note for each guest at the dinner table, expressing your gratitude for the special way they touch your heart, or send a note after the party, thanking God for the blessing of their presence in your life.
Three: “Do-Good” Advent Calendar
Cover the kid’s craft table with inexpensive white paper table covers. If your budget or your space is tight, just use a notebook. Leave markers or pens out for guests to write down good deeds that they would like to do as a family during the holiday season. Remember to create easy tasks for the little ones!
After dinner, you can take a photo of this creation (you will be truly moved when you see all this goodness displayed, by the way, so don’t be surprised if you get a little teary-eyed). Print the photo or send an electronic copy to your guests, so they can choose from these deeds and create a “do good” Advent calendar for their home. Families can simply hang the list on their fridge and pick one good deed a day until Christmas! Just imagine the faith, fellowship and new friendships that you are inspiring with this simple Thanksgiving tradition.
Four: Paper Plate Thanksgiving Wreath
Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to help kids make special gifts and decorations for the holiday season. Write a note in the middle of a paper plate: “I am thankful for…” This note reminds little ones to stay on track as they create their special Thanksgiving wreath. Create Fall “leaves” with colored construction paper so kids can write the things they are grateful for on these leaves. Finally, staple or paste the “leaves” on the edges of the paper plate and send kids home with an adorable Thanksgiving wreath!
Five: Thanksgiving Family Photo Time
You don’t have to wait for a wedding photographer to capture precious moments between family members. As part of your preparation for the day, set up a special place for family holiday photos. Be sure to have a place inside and outside if weather might be a challenge. If you have a relative or a friend coming who loves photography, you can ask them to take the pictures. You can also use family cell phones, making it easy for families to bring the photo home! Families really appreciate this Thanksgiving tradition because they can use this photo for holiday cards and other ideas too.
Six: I Give Thanks For YOU
Before the main meal, ask each guest to say thank you for three things about the person to their right. The fellowship inspired by this Thanksgiving tradition will last long after the holiday is over.
Seven: Gratitude Rocks
Gather up palm size rocks and stones. You can gather them from the outdoors or you can buy stones at just about any craft store. (Before you set out these stones for use, be sure that permanent marker works on them.) Set these rocks on a table, in a bowl or in a box with a sign that says “Gratitude Rocks”.
Leave a few pre-labeled with words like “Mom”, “Pumpkin Pie”, “My Teddy Bear” to help guests get started. Encourage guests to take their gratitude rocks home for use as a comforting touchstone that reminds them of the abundance in their lives.
If you want to turn this into a more active idea, you can hide these rocks like Easter eggs for little ones to find and place in the bowl for the guests to decorate. It’s especially fun to give a share-able prize to the child who finds the most rocks, so they can practice giving!
Eight: A Thanksgiving Table To Remember
Of course, you want your table to look lovely for Thanksgiving, but remember that it’s not what’s on the table that counts, but who’s in the chairs.
Add an extra blessing to your table by inviting a service member and their family or an elderly neighbor who might spend the holiday alone this year. As the conversation starts and food is served, be sure to take time to sit and visit with your guests, even if that means the meal will take a little longer. The dishes will wait, but time with your family and friends is a gift that should never be taken for granted.
Our Bountiful Blessings Table Decor and Gift Collection is designed to inspire gratitude. You can also use these serving pieces for Christmas, Easter, religious occasions and more. In fact, this collection turns any meal into a celebration of the Bountiful Blessings in our lives!
Add the finishing touches to your Thanksgiving table decor with our lovely pillar candle holders and elegant porcelain pumpkins. You can also choose this adorable Limited Edition sculpture or romantic Fall figurine. All of these choices make wonderful gifts as well.
We want to thank YOU for sharing the gift of love on Thanksgiving and every day.
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“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.