Nancy's Thanksgiving Pages
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Welcome! On these pages you will find a virtual cornucopia of wonderful tips, crafts, recipes, and ideas for a unique or traditional Thanksgiving holiday.
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Fun Fall Crafts,
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Prayers & Poetry
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Thanksgiving Prayers, Poetry, & Jokes
Over the river and through the woods
Trot fast my dapple gray.
Spring over the ground
Like a hunting hound
On this Thanksgiving Day, Hey!
Over the river and through the woods
Now Grandmother's face I spy.
Hurrah for the fun,
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie.
- English folksong, It's Raining, It's Pouring
Our Father, fill our hearts, we pray,
With gratitude Thanksgiving Day;
For food and raiment Thou dost give,
That we in comfort here may live.
- Luther Cross, Thanksgiving Day
T hanks for time to be together, turkey, talk, and tangy weather.
H for harvest stored away, home, and hearth, and holiday.
A for autumn's frosty art, and abundance in the heart.
N for neighbors, and November, nice things, new things to remember.
K for kitchen, kettles' croon, kith and kin expected soon.
S for sizzles, sights, and sounds, and something special that about.
...That spells THANKS for joy in living and a jolly good Thanksgiving.
- Aileen Fisher, All in a Word
Thanksgiving children's book - "Give Thanks to the Lord"
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.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord is God!
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him, bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Not Just for Kids: Thanksgiving Grace and Psalms - offers children's, family, and traditional graces and prayers.
A look at some eclectic local Thanksgiving traditions
The Alternative Thanksgiving
Turkey day doesn't always mean cranberry sauce,
mashed potatoes and gravy
An American Thanksgiving Learn about the first Thanksgiving.
Read the Mayflower Compact or the peace treaty with Massasoit, the chief of the Wampanoag tribe.
Join in the fun with Thanksgiving poems, songs, and games
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!
A Parent's Thanksgiving Prayer
Lord, thank you for this sink of dirty dishes; we have plenty of food to eat.
Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry; we have plenty of nice clothes to wear.
And I would like to thank you, Lord, for those unmade beds; they were so warm and comfortable last night. I know that many have no bed.
My thanks to you, Lord, for this bathroom, complete with all the splattered mirrors, soggy, grimy towels and dirty lavatory; they are so convenient.
Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator that needs defrosting so badly; it has served us faithfully for many years. It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals.
Thank you, Lord, for this oven that absolutely must be cleaned today. It has baked so many things over the years.
The whole family is grateful for that tall grass that needs mowing, the lawn that needs raking; we all enjoy the yard.
Thank you, Lord, even for that slamming screen door. My kids are healthy and able to run and play.
Lord, the presence of all these chores awaiting me says You have richly blessed my family. I shall do them cheerfully and I shall do them gratefully.
This book is focused around the tradition of thanksgiving, and features a young child offering praise
and thanks for small and big things in her life. My Thanksgiving Prayer
The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry's cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on.
- Emily Dickinson, Nature 27 - Autumn
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."
Thanksgiving Weather Report
In the pre-Thanksgiving rush, we have received an early weather report from our in-house weather reporters. This is one, you should be sure to e-mail your Mom.
Turkeys will thaw in the morning, then warm in the oven to an afternoon high near 190F. The kitchen will turn hot and humid, and if you bother the cook, be ready for a severe squall or cold shoulder.
During the late afternoon and evening, the cold front of a knife will slice through the turkey, causing an accumulation of one to two inches on plates. Mashed potatoes will drift across one side while cranberry sauce creates slippery spots on the other. Please pass the gravy.
A weight watch and indigestion warning have been issued for the entire area, with increased stuffiness around the beltway. During the evening, the turkey will diminish and taper off to leftovers, dropping to a low of 34F in the refrigerator.
Looking ahead to Friday and Saturday, high pressure to eat sandwiches will be established. Flurries of leftovers can be expected both days with a 50 percent chance of scattered soup late in the day. We expect a warming trend where soup develops.
By early next week, eating pressure will be low as the only wish left will be the bone.
THE TWELVE DAYS OF THANKSGIVING
(or what seems like years to consume the bird)
On the First Day..... We give thanks for the fresh turkey feast and its hot trimmings.
On the Second Day..... We bless the cold turkey sandwiches,
sloshy cranberry sauce, and hard rolls.
On the Third Day..... We praise the turkey pie and vintage mixed veggies.
On the Fourth Day..... We thank the pilgrims for not serving bison that first time,
or we'd be celebrating Thanksgiving until April.
On the Fifth Day..... We gobble up cubed bird casserole and pray
for a glimpse of naked turkey carcass.
On the Sixth Day..... We show gratitude (sort of) to the creative cook
who slings cashews at the turkey and calls it Oriental.
On the Seventh Day..... We forgive our forefathers and pass the turkey-nugget pizza.
On the Eighth Day..... The word ''vegetarian'' keeps popping into our heads.
On the Ninth Day..... We check our hair to make sure we're not beginning to sprout feathers.
On the Tenth Day..... We hope that the wing meat kabobs catch fire under the broiler.
On the Eleventh Day..... We smile over the creamed gizzard because the thigh bones are in sight.
On the Twelfth Day..... We apologize for running out of turkey leftovers.
And everybody says Amen.
Q. What sound does a space turkey make?
A. hubble, hubble, hubble.
Q. Why did the turkey sit on the tomahawk?
A. To hatchet.
THE TURKEY SHOT OUT OF THE OVEN
by Jack Prelutsky
The turkey shot out of the oven
and rocketed into the air,
it knocked every plate off the table
and partly demolished a chair.
It ricocheted into a corner
and burst with a deafening boom,
then splattered all over the kitchen,
completely obscuring the room.
It stuck to the walls and the windows,
it totally coated the floor,
there was turkey attached to the ceiling,
where there'd never been turkey before.
It blanketed every appliance,
It smeared every saucer and bowl,
there wasn't a way I could stop it,
that turkey was out of control.
I scraped and I scrubbed with displeasure,
and thought with chagrin as I mopped,
that I'd never again stuff a turkey
with popcorn that hadn't been popped.
Q. What would you get if you crossed a turkey with an octopus?
A. Eight feather dusters!
Twas the Night of Thanksgiving...
Twas the night of Thanksgiving,
but I just couldn’t sleep.
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned –
the dark meat and white,
But I fought the temptation
with all of my might.
Tossing and turning with anticipation,
the thought of a snack became infatuation.
So I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door
And gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
Til all of a sudden I rose up off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.
But, I managed to yell as I soared past the trees…
Happy eating to all! Pass the cranberries please!
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