This is mama talking today, and I am totally serious. I have decided that I am sick and tired of having one little day in November set aside for giving thanks, especially as it is sandwiched between what have become two huge “GIMME” holidays in American culture: Halloween and Christmas.
And for many of us, Thanksgiving itself has become a “gimme” holiday in its own right. It has become a day when we gorge ourselves on more food than we need and spend little to no time on gratitude!
So, I have decided that this year, our family will be instituting a new tradition of celebrating a full season of Thanksgiving. We’ve been talking about it a lot and the girls are really excited!
We will start on the second Monday of October, which is Canadian Thanksgiving (October 14th this year), and finish on American Thanksgiving, the fourth Thursday in November (November 28th this year). We will be doing all sorts of activities to instill and practice gratitude. We will be having more people over than usual so we can share our many blessings. I’ll be sharing these types of home and family activities over at Mommynificent.
And in our homeschool, we’ll be studying a number of different cultures’ thanksgiving celebrations around the world. We’ll even be trying out a few of their recipes and activities as appropriate. That’s where this blog will come in! I’ll be sharing these school activities here at Desperate Homeschoolers!
You may have noticed that we haven’t been hosting Five Minute Friday Kids’ Edition for a few weeks. We noticed that we were the only ones linking so we’ve taken that down for a bit and are rethinking how we want to encourage other kids to be writing and sharing their work. For the next six weeks, during our season of Thanksgiving, we’ll be sharing some of our journal entries and activities about thankfulness. We haven’t decided whether or not we should host a link-up during this series. Would any of you be interested in sharing some of your writing about thankfulness?
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