A NIGHT TO REMEMBER ◽ HOME
Thanksgiving is this month, where we gather and give thanks for food, family, and life around a huge table…at least that’s the Norman Rockwell view of a “perfect” Thanksgiving. But whether or not your family gathers this way traditionally, you can call your kiddos together for a bit of family thanks, in a fun way, for a night to enjoy forever…and maybe a new tradition to start and keep!
What if…you all gathered and gave thanks just for each other?
Let’s see how that might come together.
Preparation: You’ll need to print out a sheet of paper with the five questions below on it and give to each one. Little kids that don’t write will need a partner to help them answer and participate. Also, set out candy that is a favorite of each one. So if you’re a family of five, you’ll need five bowls of candy (or fruit or chips!) You can decide ahead of time what type of snacks you want to share. And it might be fun to let each participant pick out his/her favorite bowl to hold the candy - and share why they chose that bowl at the end!
Below are the five questions to print out.
As you answer, let each person take turns passing their bowl of candy around for everyone to taste and enjoy.
What item in our house are you most thankful for and why? (examples are clothes, food, bed, pet, etc.)
Think of a family memory from the past year and pick one of your favorites and tell us why you enjoyed it so much.
Pick the person on your left and give thanks for one special thing you love about him/her.
Think of the last kind thing someone in the family did for you, and give thanks to that person.
Using the letters in the word T-H-A-N-K-S, go around as many times as you can, using those letters in order to give thanks. For example, the first round might be: Toys, Home, Apples, Neighbors, Kind friends, and Snacks.
After the family has given thanks and shared their candies, hold hands and give thanks as a family to God for all good things, and pray a blessing on the holiday season to come…on your family and families that you know.