By Trina Boice
Thanksgiving is all about family and giving thanks. To kick off this week’s noshing and thanking, I wanted to share a few fun ideas that will save you time so that your extra energy can be spent on writing more or hitting the stores on Black Friday!
• Cover the inside of a door with a large sheet of paper where visitors who enter and exit can write down what they’re grateful for.
• Share the ABC’s of gratitude by taking turns naming blessings from A to Z.
• Set out a white tablecloth with permanent markers at each place setting where guests can draw pictures of their blessings. Each year you’ll be able to see who shared the dinner together and where they sat.
• Write a letter to someone in the military who is away from their family during the holidays. You can do it for free in about 15 seconds at
• Print out some Thanksgiving poems to share before eating dinner at www.usathanksgiving.com
• Send a free Thanksgiving ecard to someone you appreciate at www.americangreetings.com and www.dayspring.com
• Take a Thanksgiving quiz to see how well you know your pilgrim history at:
* Make a cornucopia placemat by following instructions at:
* Look up free recipes to help you prepare your Turkey Day Feast at: http://www.recipes.alot.com/
• Follow these 10 tips for an eco-friendly Thanksgiving celebration:. I'm sure Al Gore will write you a thank you letter. http://environment.about.com/od/greenthanksgiving/tp/ef_thanksgiving.htm
• Read some Thanksgiving prayers at:
• Find a ton of Thanksgiving crafts, games, recipes, and other activities to help you celebrate your Thanksgiving feast at: http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/thanksgivingtheme/a/101600a.htm
• Print out some fun hanksgiving Word Search games at:
* Download free Thanksgiving Day screensavers at:
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!