Kids coming home from college, aunts and uncles flying in for the long weekend, the drive to grandma’s house…all to be together. The desire to be with the people whom we love most prompts us to go to great lengths, traveling far and wide. According to the Research and Innovative Technology Administration’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the number of long-distance trips increased by 54% in the United States during the week of Thanksgiving for destinations over fifty miles. Many more of us travel for the Thanksgiving holiday than any other time of year, including Christmas. Being together is a blessing!
Families are a gift from God. How do you thank the Lord for your family and other blessings, including safe travels? A friend makes an annual “Thank You” box for family members to write down what they are grateful for during the weeks before the holiday. The comments are read aloud on Thanksgiving Day. Another friend asks each guest to talk about one blessing from the past year during dinner. In past years I’ve used place cards with Bible verses at the table focusing on God’s goodness and our thankfulness.
Togetherness, thankfulness and the abundant feast! Who can resist turkey, mashed potatoes with rich gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberries, pumpkin pie… (Are you drooling yet? I am!) The traditional foods of the holiday knit us together too. My eldest son is the “Cranberry Guy” in our family. He was interested in helping make the cranberry sauce when he was in younger. Smashing the cranberries with the potato masher was the incentive. Over the years he’s perfected his recipe. It’s now tradition, an important part of the Danielson Thanksgiving menu.
Enjoy the time spent with family and friends. Thank God for the abundant blessings. Enjoy your family traditions. May your family’s Thanksgiving be filled with joy and grateful hearts.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
How far do family member travel in your family to celebrate together? How does your family show gratitude to God? What are your Thanksgiving traditions? We’d love to hear from you!
By Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
Wife to Scott, Mom of 2
Co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting