Seen outside a church in Florida:
Count your blessings.
Recounts are okay
We've put what we are thankful for on the leaves hanging above
With Thanksgiving on my mind lately, I've come to realize just how blessed we are to have family traditions which are followed year after year. The reason the holiday was created in the first place was to give thanks to the Lord for his bountiful provision in our lives
Family—that's what we think about at the Thanksgiving table. We are all thankful for so many things, but having family members nearby is one of many wonderful Thanksgiving family traditions
Many of these traditions are food related. These foods include the ever present turkey, maybe ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, and a myriad of pies including pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato and mincemeat
There is Macy's parade to watch on tv and football on television is an important tradition too.
Then there are other favorite Thanksgiving traditions. One is around the dinner table before the Thanksgiving feast. Each person says what or who they are thankful for having in their life. After all, giving thanks is what Thanksgiving is all about.
Another common tradition is having two people break the turkeys wishbone. The person who ends up with the longer, broken half will have his wish (made prior to breaking the wishbone) fulfilled
Every year right before we sit down to eat, we gather everybody together to take a family photo.
Something I'm trying this year will be to put a quarter under a plate at one place setting at the dinner table. Put a penny under two different plates at two other place settings. After the blessing have everyone pick up their plates. The person who has the quarter under their plate has to stand up and give a Thanksgiving toast. The two people with pennies under their plates get to make wishes and break the wishbone
After Thanksgiving the holiday music station starts playing 24 hour Christmas songs, which I love, and we always make the day after Thanksgiving a Family Day
Being thankful is what this holiday is all about and your traditions should be personal and meaningful to you and the people at your gathering