It usually centers on being grateful for the many wonderful things in our lives, sort of like a family harvest celebration, enjoying the bounty from the growing season. Along with the thank you’s , the holiday revolves around Food, Family, football and US history (the Pilgrim kind).
It is one of the most travelled holidays of the year in the US, when college students, children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles and grandparents come together for a large dinner featuring turkey and pie.
That’s why I have included this Home Sweet Home printable:
Thanksgiving day for our family has been more like coming together day. All our family would come together ( we are about 20 people) on that day, everyone brings some food like: mashed potatoes, turkey, pumpkin pie, stuffing, salad, drinks, fruits. We pray before food and say our thank you for all we have. Then we would eat, talk, have fun. It’s usually very noisy. Kids running around the house, dogs are having fun also. It’s just one big fun day.
It is tradition in our family to have a centerpiece, such as this turkey planter, that we all spend a few moments of reflection and write what we are thankful for on a piece of paper and put it in the planter.
When it is time to sit down together for Thanksgiving dinner, our family says grace and then we each take one of the pieces of paper and read what each of our family members are thankful for.
We’ve had different centerpieces over the years and different people at the dinner table. It is a wonderful way to involve all those who join us at Thanksgiving and a way to give thanks!
Thanksgiving has great historic value but for me it has become a time to gather with family members and remember how blessed we are and to be thankful for everything.
We have a blended family: my husband has two boys and I have two boys. When they were young he and I met and married and blended the two families together. There were many challenges over the years, and to say that the boys were a handful growing up would be an understatement.
Now when we gather at this time we see these young men as they start their own families, reminisce over the times when they were younger, laugh and enjoy special foods and dishes that we only have once or twice a year. It is a blessing that we had the courage and strength to blend the group into a family and I am so proud of the men they have become!
I have a small family and Thanksgiving for me means having them for a Turkey dinner, of course. Sides of a corn casserole, home-made cranberry sauce from fresh Jersey cranberries, mashed potatoes because my daughter loves them and a few more sides. Dessert is usually my home-made pumpkin pie. Enough food for an army even though I usually only have 6 at the most. It also means getting out my good china which I got in 1972 and still love it. You need a big platter for the turkey, like this vintage one from my shop.
I am from Australia too and am interested in what others have to say about Thanksgiving! I made these place cards / name cards with the idea of families sitting around the dinning table enjoying a yummy meal together as they talk about what they are thankful for.
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, celebrate each other and all the blessings that God has given us. There is so much to be grateful for in our lives. It is so easy to get busy and not be able to see family members and it is so nice when we are able to get all the family together. We have turkey, ham, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top, cranberries, relishes, rolls, jello salad with whip cream, yams and for dessert usually pumpkin pie and pecan pie. The table is set with the best china and my father will say a prayer of thanksgiving before we eat and then in the evening we usually play board games and card games.
Thanksgiving, here in the USA, started because the Pilgrims were truly thankful that they had survived the long hard winter, even though many of them had died. They were thankful for the assistance of the local Native Americans for teaching them how to grow food, and what food was safe to eat. They were just plain thankful. That is how it started, and it became a tradition.
I for one believe we should be thankful every day, not just one day, but it is still fun to get together with family, and friends. Eat a huge meal until you can’t move, then lie on the couch and watch football. Thanksgiving is my husband’s favorite holiday, go figure food and football, lol. It is also the day that my Christmas prep begins. Our tree goes up, and it is decorated, all on Thanksgiving evening. This is a tradition from my childhood, and one I carry on to this day. I am new to wood burning, and I love how the piece below came out. I got this pineapple wood candy dish at the thrift store. I hand draw all my designs onto my wood pieces, and then I burn the picture on. Since I love to paint, this is just a new form of art for me. I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving!
On Thanksgiving day, we are thankful so we handcrafted this plaque that tells our story. The plaque also is a positive statement that we believe is a good thing.
Thanksgiving is one of the most interesting holidays of the year. Growing up in the U.S.A. you love Easter candy and Halloween candy and if you are lucky you can make the candy stretch from one holiday to the other. Christmas and birthdays are for presents, but children do not understand or have a deep appreciation of Thanksgiving until they get older. A couple of years living on campus or in your first apartment and suddenly Thanksgiving has shot up to the top of your list of favorite holidays of the year! Forgetting the history, in modern society the shared cultural experience of Thanksgiving is a profound appreciation to our creator and a genuine thankfulness for the life which we are granted. It is the most humble, most simple, most inclusive, and most endearing holiday our the American way! Invite a stranger, a soldier, or anyone who can’t make it home for the holidays to dine with you!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM DESIGN’S THE LIMIT!
As my shop primarily focuses on sewing patterns, I don’t have much to offer, but I do include here one of my favorites: an overlooked pattern with lots of potential. I think the table runner, fabric leaf bowl, and fabric leaf garland have a ton of decorating potential for the table at Thanksgiving. I can see the garland wending it way down a table covered with the runner, and the bowl full of nuts ready to be shelled. I also see this pattern made up in Christmas fabrics as well, especially a garland made of metallic fabric: gold, copper, silver and bronze.
Can you tell I love decorating for the holidays?
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM ETSY CHRISTMAS IN JULY!!