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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Early Thanksgiving

We're extra blessed this year in that we get to celebrate Thanksgiving Day twice.

Actually we have somewhat of a Thanksgiving dinner every Saturday evening as we being our "Sabbath." We have been going around the table giving thanks for certain blessings throughout the previous week.

But since we have our son and his girlfriend home for their college's fall break, and she's Canadian, and Canada's Thanksgiving Day is this next week, we have a great excuse to celebrate early and then celebrate again in November.

So out came the new, soon-to-be-heirloom needle felted pilgrim couple with baby to grace the center of our dinner table. My young, gifted artist friend, Olivia, made this and I am so excited about it.

And up went the Thanksgiving tree.
And we have begun to count our many blessings by writing them on paper pumpkins, apples, clouds, and leaves and pinning them to this simple tree quilt. After our feast, we'll enjoy hearing my husband read them all.

Helping us to count those blessing are our special "1000 Gift" notebooks wherein we've been keeping lists of our many blessings, cultivating the attitude of gratitude. If you haven't read Ann Voskamp's book,  1000 Gifts, you must. It's life changing.

And out came the old pilgrim salt and pepper shakers.
I made these ceramic shakers years ago by just clear glazing them and having them fired. Every year we repaint them with acrylic paints as a Thanksgiving activity. Then we wash the paints off to be ready for the next year. This year I'm working on some turkey salt and pepper shakers, too, but haven't gotten them back to the ceramic shop to be fired. They may have to wait till November Thanksgiving.

Giving thanks to our loving God should be part of who we are as Christians. We have a special day every year in which to do that (in our case, we have two such days this year). We also have the table of the eucharist, which means the table of thanksgiving, which we happily enjoy every Sunday. We have times throughout our days, primarily as we sit at our meal tables, to give thanks. And our every breath should be a thanksgiving to the God who loves us so much and showers us with so many undeserved blessings. That would do away with so much complaining and self-pity.

Give thanks!


  1. Happy early Thanksgiving! Praise God for His mercies, provision and love!!! This was a wonderful post... and I am so impressed with Olivia's pilgrim family- what a beautiful keepsake for you! And I love your Thanksgiving tree... have you always done that? Counting blessings right along with all of you...
    The Harlans :)

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this post. How special to celebrate Thanksgiving twice. Since we should be thankful everyday, that seems so good.

    Thanks for linking up over at WholeHearted Home this week. It is so nice to have you!!


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