Thanksgiving is certainly a unique day. The annual celebration brings a lot of food to the table, football to the television, and family all under one roof! This holiday also provides parents with the perfect opportunity to discuss some very important topics with their children. Let’s take a look at a few of these below.
The origins of Thanksgiving started with charity. In 1621, the Pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation were joined by the neighboring Native Americans for a day consisting of plenty of food and thankfulness. The early settlers had not experienced the easiest transition to the new country, but they were assisted by the local tribes. Without the knowledge and generosity of the Native Americans, the Pilgrims would not have made it much further.
In the spirit of these beginnings, take some time to teach your children the importance of sharing and charity. Whether it’s spending time preparing meals for the homeless or a simple lesson on the importance of sharing, make sure you don’t miss this easy lesson on giving.
The holiday season is the best time of year for bringing the entire family together, and Thanksgiving is certainly no exception. Try to avoid spending the day discussing politics and other divisive conversations and focus on showing love towards one another. Cherish old memories while creating new ones!
Between the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the ever-present football games, it’s understandable to have the television on at times – but don’t let it become the center of attention. The focus of the day should firmly be set on bonding with family.
This is such a big part of the holiday that they had to put it in the name! An easy, yet impactful, tradition is taking turns sharing what you are thankful for. Not only does this bring the family together, but it gives each individual the opportunity to really consider and appreciate those that provide positivity in their lives.
Alabama Free Will Baptist Children’s Home
Since we first opened in 1947, we’ve made it our mission to provide the children in our care a family environment. Thanksgiving provides endless opportunities for growing as a family (while eating great food), and we look forward to it each and every year. Contact us for more information on our home and how you can help with our annual fall Harvest Drive!