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Around the Table Thanksgiving Prompt


Every family has one - the relative who shows up to holidays with group activities in tow. In my growing up years this person was my father and my Aunt Teresa. I can't remember an Easter or Thanksgiving gathering that didn't involve some sort of scavenger hunt, devotional thought or questionnaire. In the James family, that relative is me. I can just imagine my brother and sister-in-law reminiscing about how peaceful the holidays used to be before Ben married that weird girl who is always organizing forced-family bonding.

In my opinion, it's not a true holiday without a slightly uncomfortable theological discussion. Anyone else?

Thanksgiving provides the perfect backdrop for a time of giving thanks and sharing around the table. Most families do some version of this, but in case you aren't sure how to begin this tradition, or you are simply looking to mix-it-up this year, I've assembled a few options that your brother-in-law is sure to appreciate!

This is what we are doing this year. It is a short prompt which has you list 3 things you are thankful for and then match those to an attribute or name of God.

This is what we used last year. My friend Darcy Wiley leads you through writing your own personal psalm of thanksgiving. It is easy to do and works well with people of all ages.

For young kids I love this. My kids have already filled out these sweet Thanksgiving poems from Home Front magazine and they were fun (and funny) to read through together.

However you choose to celebrate, I hope your heart will overflow with thanks to our God who gives good gifts!

Looking for more holiday ideas? Check out this page!

Every good and perfect gift is from above,

coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,

who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:17


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