Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

When my children were small I would often hand them child scissors, construction paper, glue and a JC Penney catalog to make a Thanksgiving Book on that Wednesday before the holiday. I instructed them to cut out pictures of anything they were thankful for. A codicil—learned the hard way—prohibited them from including pictures of things they didn’t have—preventing this from turning into a Christmas wish list.  I was always immensely flattered at the beautiful, bone skinny models they chose to represent me. As if . . .

My children obviously have a flair for fiction, too.

This activity was designed mainly to keep them occupied while I tried to clean the house and cook for incoming guests. But this exercise also provided a wonderful way for us as a family to recount our blessings around the dinner table as we paged through their preschool- or elementary-sized thanksgvings. I believe it is important, no matter our age, to develop grateful hearts. Through the good and the bad circumstances of life.

An adult version of this might include creating a Thanksgiving board on Pinterest. What a wonderful way to stop, reflect, and give thanks to our Creator, our Sustainer and our Provider for all He has done this past year.

What’s on your heart this Thanksgiving?

I’d love to hear about your thanksgivings. Or feel free to share links to your Thanksgiving Pinterest boards. Mine is http://pinterest.com/lisacoxcarter/.

Here is one thing you’ll find on our Thanksgiving menu come Thursday. A corn pudding recipe handed down from my stepfather’s family.

1 can cream style corn
4 eggs
1 pint milk
1 cup sugar
1/4 stick margarine, melted
3 Tbsp flour
1 tsp vanilla

Beat eggs, sugar, and flour together.
Add milk, margarine, corn and vanilla.
Spray baking dish (9×13).
Bake 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees.
May require longer baking time to ensure the center is done.

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