How to enjoy the holiday with your family.
Thanksgiving is a special holiday: a whole day focused on spending time with loved ones and being thankful, without any of the commercialism that has crept into many other holidays. But before you pull up to the table to enjoy a delicious feast, consider the opportunities this day presents to teach children about thankfulness, gratitude, and family.
Here are a few tips for enjoying family time during Thanksgiving:
- Talk about why we celebrate Thanksgiving. Connect your celebration to the original story of the fall harvest celebration that brought together struggling, starving Pilgrims and generous Native Americans.
- Turn off the television. Yes, there are the parades, football games, and specials, but try to keep most of Thanksgiving about the conversation and time spent with loved ones.
- Talk about family traditions and tell stories. If your celebration involves multiple generations or multiple families, talk about traditions, "the good old days," and your own childhood. Stories teach children about life and history.
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