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Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Wallhanging

How do you count your blessings, specifically during the Thanksgiving season?  Around our home, this season is celebrated very diligently as we have so much for which to be thankful.  We don't allow any Christmas celebrating to begin until we've wrung all the giving thanks out of the Thanksgiving weekend that we can.  (Actually, one can't totally wring all the thanksgiving out, since there are an infinite number of things for which to be thankful.)  We do have pianists practicing Christmas music and surruptitious Christmas gift-making going on all over, but other than that we're making sure that we don't skip the all-important holy-day of Thanksgiving.

So, to help us focus on this day, we read books like The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh and Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin as well as Samuel Eaton's Day, Sarah Morton's Day and Tapenum's Day by Kate Waters.  We also paint ceramic figures of pilgrims that I glazed years ago so that we could wash them off and repaint every year.  Our church has a worship service on Thanksgiving morning and then feasting together in the afternoon and evening.  On either Friday or Saturday we have individual family feasts and celebrating and then gather together on the other day again for a talent show, cooking contest and shared meal.  Then our Sunday worship service again reinforces our giving of thanks to our gracious triune God.

But to help focus on giving thanks for our many blessings in our home, we have the Thanksgiving wallhanging.

We cut apples, pumpkins and leaves from colored contruction paper and keep them in a pocket on the tree trunk till we're ready to write another blessing for which we're thankful.  Straight pins hold them to the wallhanging.  Little people who don't write so well draw theirs (and get help with the straight pin!).

This was such a simple and quick wallhanging to make.  I just zig-zag stitched the large shapes onto a square of flannel without even putting in any batting.  Then it was a quick job to sew on the binding.

This year I'm starting a notebook in which I will glue all the apples, pumpkins and leaves from this year as well as some we still have from previous years.  It should become a precious blessings journal.

Because of all God's many blessings, I

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