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Ideas for Thanksgiving

By grandparenting 4 years ago2 Comments

  Festive autumn place settings with pumpkinsThanksgiving is a good time to encourage our grandchildren to be thankful for the many good things they experience. Help them make a list of their home, food, clothing, school, friends, church, toys and the opportunities they enjoy for which they can be thankful. Gratitude always improves ones attitude. Send your grandchildren a Thanksgiving card, email or call them to let them know you thank God for them, you are thankful they are your grandchildren and you are praying for them. ¹

Another Thanksgiving Idea

Before dinner, ask your guests to write down something they are grateful for on a piece of paper and place it in a bowl in the middle of the table. Later, pass the bowl around and have each guest read one note aloud while everyone guesses who wrote it. “Some may be obvious, but others will surprise you-that is the fun of it.” ²

“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name;

make known among the nations what he has done.” I Chronicles 16:8 (NIV)

¹  This is an excerpt from the book Grandparenting with a Purpose, Seasonal Suggestions for Connecting to your Grandchildren, page 95. The book is available on a special Christmas offer at http://www.gdptpr.com.

²  Taken from “20 simple solutions for Turkey Day headaches.” Nov. 2012 dashrecipes.com/thanksgiving

By Lillian Penner


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Lillian is the National Prayer Coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network for many years. She is a speaker, blogger and authored Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren. She and her husband have 3 sons, 9 grandchildren and 2 greats.


  • Lillian, I really like this idea. We’ve done something similar with our family; but letting others read the thanksgiving notes of others and then guessing who wrote them is something new we will try this Thanksgiving. I enjoy catching up with you and the wonderful posts you share with grandparents. Praying along side of you for our grandkids. Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Charmé

  • Charme,

    Thank you so much for your comment. Let me know how your Thanksgiving notes go over. I am happy to hear that you are enjoying the blogs. May God continue to bless you as you pray for your grandchildren.
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving

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