And then maybe we will deliver some to the neighbors because we DO NOT need that many sweets in this house!
We're going to make these coloring books to learn more about The First Thanksgiving.
Of course, we'll do a Tree of Thanksgiving. That's pretty much a tree made of construction paper and we will cut out leaves from all different colors of paper and write things that we are thankful for on the leaves and then "decorate" our tree with our thanksgiving messages. We'll put this on our dining room wall so that we can share it with our guests and even leave some blank leaves for them to add to it.
We're going to make placemats with scripture verses about Thanksgiving to use all week.
We might make Pilgrim Hat placecards for our actual Thanksgiving Dinner. We'll have to see if there is time for that!
A Pilgrim Scavenger Hunt is scheduled for Tuesday. We'll talk about things that the Pilgrims would have had at the first Thanksgiving and then have them go throughout the house finding items we have hidden such as corn, pumpkins, a small boat, turkeys, etc.
We'll read Bible stories about giving Thanks, such as Luke 17:11-19.
There are TONS of printable crosswords and word searches and coloring pages all over the internet. We might do some.
I'm hoping to make this centerpiece and fill it with something?
A tradition I started a few years ago, is to cover the Thanksgiving Table with butcher paper instead of a tablecloth. Then we leave crayons all over the place for people to write on the table what they are thankful for. We may just do this on the kid table this year? Might be a little too much with the Tree of Thanksgiving there too.
I'll use these as the kids' placemats because that'll keep them out of the kitchen for awhile. :)
That ought to keep us busy most of the week!
I've been serving Frozen waffles cut into the shape of a turkey for several years, so that will be breakfast on Thanksgiving. Unless I switch to the cinnamon rolls in the shape of a turkey I saw somewhere? After our bellies are full, it's time for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and waiting for Lunch to be ready. Yes, we're doing our meal at lunch this year.
A few years ago, when I hosted my first Thanksgiving, I found a great article in a magazine that gave recipes and talked about how to bake a few side dishes each day of the week in order to make Thanksgiving Day less stressful. It was a wonderful article. I used their "schedule" and it worked beautifully. I plan to do the same thing this year. Here's what I'll be cooking each day so that the only things we have to make on Thanksgiving are the turkey, mashed potatoes, and rolls!
Monday: Make bacon-pear stuffing. (This stuff is good!)
Tuesday: Make mashed sweet potatoes.
Wednesday: Assemble green bean casserole for baking on Thursday. Make cranberry sauce.
Thursday: Turkey and Gravy, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin rolls (I can't wait to try these!)
Our guests will probably be bringing dessert, so I'm off the hook on that one! :)
So, what will you be doing and what's on your menu?