Nancy's Thanksgiving Pages
~ hundreds of ideas for a wonderful holiday ~
Welcome! On these pages you will find a virtual cornucopia of wonderful tips, crafts, recipes, and ideas for a unique or traditional Thanksgiving holiday.
Table of Contents:
Fun Fall Crafts,
Traditions & History,
Tips & Tricks,
Prayers & Poetry
links to more nice Thanksgiving pages.
and live help- holidaze chat with Nancy!
Activities & Traditions
Thanksgiving is more than the beginning of Christmas.... In the USA, Thanksgiving is felt to be a warm, family holiday, and folks travel all over the country to eat this big meal with their families. Thanksgiving commemorates a feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians. Folks can never really agree what foods were actually served at this feast, so most Americans just stick to the traditional dishes that they grew up with.
That's what its all about, spending time with loved ones, being thankful for family, and all the things we have.
"Thanksgiving Day"... In 1939 U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt shifted the day of Thanksgiving from the last Thursday in November to one week earlier. Retail merchants had petitioned the president to make the change to allow for an extra week of shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many Americans objected to the change in their holiday customs and continued to celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of the month. Roosevelt’s political opponents in Congress also opposed the break with tradition and dubbed the early holiday “Franksgiving.” In May 1941 Roosevelt admitted that he had made a mistake and signed a bill that established the fourth Thursday of November as the national Thanksgiving holiday, which it has been ever since.
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If you have a Thanksgiving craft, activity, tradition, or recipe you'd like to share with everyone, send it along to me, along with your city and state, and I'll post it on this page! Thanks so much!!
Some folks watch football, but my family was always looking for something more fun to do after our huge Thanksgiving feast. My parents live across the street from my elementary school, and one year we decided to roll whole pumpkins down the school's sidewalk toward six or seven bottles of water!!
Pumpkin Bowling was born!
If you have leftover pumpkins, not the rotten kind, but kind that have been decorative around the house, this is a fun activity for all ages. We used gallon jugs one year, half full of water, and we used 2 litre bottles another year, also half full. The gallon jugs were harder to knock over!
We don't have any rules, we just take turns rolling the pumpkins until the pumpkins are broken, or we get too cold!! We've played it almost every year, and we have lots of fun.
Perfect for a Harvest Party! This Bingo Game includes Harvest items. And with our Game Card Generator, you get a different Harvest Bingo Card for each guest - even if you have 200 players! Start printing as soon as you order! Personalize It! Now you can customize Halloween Bingo with your own choice of Halloween words! Generator will scramble items for unique cards. Start printing as soon as you order!
Not just for kids! Everyone can have fun trying to draw a pumpkin - blindfolded! In fact, it doesn't have to be a pumpkin at all…let the moderator decide what to draw as they say things like, "draw a big circle" and "now put a triangle in the middle". The results are laughable! Start printing as soon as you order!
Harvest Word Find
Players have fun searching for 20 Harvest related words in this party puzzle. Start printing as soon as you order!
Harvest Word Puzzle
Your guests will enjoy this challenging and thought-provoking word game! They race to find the one word that will result in two distinct items or phrases associated with harvest. Start printing as soon as you order!
Harvest Word Scramble
These Fall and Harvest words are all mixed up. Watch players race to be the first to unscramble them! Younger kids might take more time, but rush the adults to unscramble in 60 seconds and see what kind of laughter you can make! Start printing as soon as you order!
Let's Talk Turkey Trivia
This isn't just for kids! Everyone will want to compete to answer these trivia questions about turkeys. See if your guests know the answers to these outlandish - and surprising - facts. Great for all ages! Two versions included. Start printing as soon as you order!
Lefty's Undone Chore
This crazy gift passing game will have everyone scrambling as they listen for you to say right or left while you read about Little Lefty Wright's chores left undone. The guests' who end with the gifts get to keep them - and this makes for 100% participation and 100% fun! You'll need several gifts for this game, but it's more than worth it! Start printing as soon as you order!
What's the number one sport viewed on Thanksgiving day? Football, of course! See who will be the first sports fan to match these NFL teams from the clues given. Start printing as soon as you order!
Finish My Phrase Harvest Time
Who is the best mind reader? Find out as players try to finish the host’s phrase! Try not to laugh out loud as you see players straining to try and read your mind! What would you say to complete the word hay ____? Hayloft, hayseed or even haystack! Suggested answers included. Start printing as soon as you order!
Harvest Picture Bingo
Harvest Picture Bingo is a great alternative to Halloween for the little ones! Even the smallest game players can join in on all the fun for this game because all the squares have pictures related to Harvest, Farming or Fall. Call Card with pictures included. Start printing as soon as you order!
Harvest Rhyme Time
It’s all about the harvest! Who can boast they are the fastest to complete this rhyming game? Find out as players race to be the first to match all of these harvest related words to the word it rhymes with. Answer key included. Start printing as soon as you order!
It’s all about the Harvest
There’s a lot going on at harvest time on a farm! In this challenging game, players race to match up things having to do with harvesting or farming from the clues given. Answer key included. Start printing as soon as you order!
I’m thankful for…
Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on all the things you appreciate and the things you are grateful for… so why not turn it into a game? You just may be surprised at your guests’ different responses to what they are truly thankful for! Start printing as soon as you order!
Shine On You Harvest Moon
It’s ok to hum along as you race to be the first to match song titles (all with word ‘moon’ in them) to the clues given! A second, more challenging game is included as well. Answer keys included. Start printing as soon as you order!
Customize It! Now you can customize Thanksgiving Bingo with your family name, your class name, or even ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ and put in your own choice of items! Generator will scramble items for unique cards. Start printing as soon as you order! This is your classic Bingo game pre-filled with Thanksgiving items! With our Game Card Generator, you get a different Thanksgiving Bingo Card for each player- even if you have 200 players! Call Card included. Start printing as soon as you order!
Dress the part on Thanksgiving day!
or have the kids entertain you with a Thanksgiving Play!
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It's nice to crash in front of the TV after the big meal...
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Special Thanksgiving Traditions
Traditions Sent in by Nice Readers: Every year, in addition to our family, we seem to adopt someone who joins us if they do not have somewhere to go.
It is always such a blessing to share with others.
I love to keep family traditions, so, i had started my own a few years ago by starting a Thanksgiving album with black pages and took pictures of our thanksgiving day.We use a silver or gold pen. I pass the book around to each person so they can share what they are thankful for that year.
It is fun to look back from the years previous and to see who we had for dinner and remember the fun memories!
From, The Bates Family
Grace, in Vermont, sent this in:
As we sit around the table saying the blessing, we each hold a piece of dried popcorn kernel. When it is your turn you say what you were thankful for from last year and put your kernel your tiny basket (one is at each place setting).
My dad always read a scripture after that. We always make a homemade placecard and paper basket for each place setting, different from the year before. Each year, as we get craftier they get nicer and nicer.
A look at some eclectic local Thanksgiving traditions
The Alternative Thanksgiving
Turkey day doesn't always mean cranberry sauce,
mashed potatoes and gravy
Mrs. Turner's Pumpkin Pie
A story for Thanksgiving
By Judy Solomon
Share Your Family Traditions!
If you have a Thanksgiving tradition or recipe
you would like to share,
send it along with your city & state, thanks!
Thanksgiving Music from amazon.com
Pilgrim Lady Heroes in History Kit
Perfect for school plays and projects!
TRUE STORIES FROM THE BUTTERBALL Turkey Hotline
...where people call to get advice how to cook a Turkey from the experts
*Thanksgiving Dinner on the run. A woman called
to find out how long it would take to roast her turkey. To answer the question, the Talk-Line home economist asked how much the bird weighed. The woman responded, "I don't know, it's still running around outside."
* Tofu turkey? No matter how you slice it, Thanksgiving just isn't Thanksgiving without turkey. A restaurant owner in California wanted to know how to roast a turkey for a vegetarian menu
* Then there's the time a lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn't find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, "Do these turkeys get any bigger?" The stock boy replied, "No ma'am, they're dead."
More Thanksgiving Links
Valerie's Thanksgiving Page For Families includes Christian reflections on the holiday
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Anne's Thanksgiving Page
Gifs For Thanksgiving Animated and non-animated gifs for Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving ! Greeting Cards From 123Greetings.com
Thanksgiving is all about togetherness,love, sharing and giving thanks for our blessings.
Thank everyone on this thanksgiving with these special ecard greetings and make their day. All eCards are FREE !
Thanksgiving on the Net
Thanksgiving Recipes, Fun Fall Crafts, Thanksgiving Day Activities,
Darling Decorations, Prayers & Poetry
Turkey Day Traditions & History, Dinner Party Tips & Tricks,
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