- Pass the Basket: Print or copy Bible verses about thankfulness on a single sheet of paper. Cut verses apart into single strips. Fold and place in a basket; then pass the basket around the table and take turns reading a verse. Here's a list of verses to get you started.
- Simple Craft: Trace your hands to draw a turkey; then have fun naming and coloring your artwork together.
- Thanksgiving acrostic poster: Write the word "THANKSGIVING" portrait edge of a piece of poster board. Assign a letter to the individuals present at the dinner table and think of something for which you are thankful that begins with the letter you received. IE: T is for time with family, H is for a home to live in, etc.
- Thankful tree: Gather bare branches for a large vase. On leaf cutouts, write down things for which you are thankful. This could be done one at a time over several days; watch the tree grow with leaves of thankfulness.
- Hide-A-Thanks: Hide a small message of thanks under the napkins at place settings. This is a neat little surprise if you use a fan napkin fold similar to this photo, resembling a turkey.
- Restaurant Art: Cover the tablecloth with white paper (freezer or art) and leave art supplies on the table. Guests and family can draw all over the table restaurant style during meal preparations.
- Community Event: Attend an early morning community event together before the prep work for dinner begins. Perhaps a local run or soup kitchen.
- Short Testimony: While everyone is gathered the table, name one thing for which you are thankful about the person directly beside you. Taking turns saying this out loud can serve as a very memorable way to remember to give thanks to God for one another.
What do you do to celebrate Thanksgiving in a simple, creative way?
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