Thanksgiving kids just has a nice ring to it.
Teaching your kids about Thanksgiving, the traditions surrounding it, and just the overall importance of being willing and able to express thanks for what you been given is a very important concept.
Having an attitude of gratitude will serve your kids well for the rest of their lives.
One of the biggest things I always remember about Thanksgiving was the excellent food and the only sometimes excellent football games.
I loved watching Dallas Cowboys games with my grandpa (I hate the Cowboys but they’re usually the only ones on TV) after eating a hearty meal of Turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans and to top it off for dessert peach pie which I love.
I remember in my younger days the feeling of that extremely full belly after eating way too much. And that was half the fun because I knew I was going to eat way too much and have that overfilled sore stomach feeling.
Making sure your kids understand the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy it for more reasons than just the three days off of school and a five day weekend is a big part of their heritage and the legacy you will leave to them.
I remember a couple of years really rammed home the point of the meaning of Thanksgiving when my family did a sort of extended Halloween as it were.
We dressed up in costumes both as pilgrims and Indians and had our little fake baskets which were made out of paper and shaped like pumpkins, pies, and even the cornucopia (that Bighorn with all the fruit and vegetables in it).
Those couple Thanksgivings were very memorable and left an indellible imprint on my mind.
I highly recommend it for your kids. You can even dress up with your spouse as Massasoit the Indian chief and his wife or even as a pilgrim couple.
The more involved you are the more memorable it is for everyone.
Also it’s a good time for you to give thanks for the wonderful kids you have. Because things aren’t always so easy for every parent with the various disabilities, retardation, cystic fibrosis, and other afflictions which can happen.
Be thankful for the wonderful kids you’re raising and all the talents and even the quirkiness they possess.
Take a little time and pull them aside and tell them one story you remember about them during the past year. Now you don’t have to be Shakespeare here.
All you have to do is a quick 30 to 60 second story. Talk about a specific incident you remember where each of your kids did something special or something you really appreciate and thank them for doing that and being who they are.
There’s plenty of time throughout the rest of the year for anger, scolding and punishment. Take it easy on your kids and enjoy the time you get to spend with them over the Thanksgiving holiday.
And also take the time to appreciate other family members because remember Christmas is right around the corner and if you can make a memorable impression now you get better gifts a month from now.
Thanksgiving isn’t especially for kids but it is one of my favorite holidays. I greatly remember these holidays so keep this in mind for your celebrations.
Add any interesting anecdotes or other snippets of information about Thanksgiving’s past and your kids memories to the conversation via a comment. I look forward to any family stories or traditions you have surrounding thanksgiving…especially traditions and experiences involving your kids.