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Thanksgiving Place-mat: Thankful Writing Activity

We are hosting Thanksgiving this year, usually my parents host and it is a grand and formal affair. When everyone sits around the table we chat, catch-up, and share a little about our year. I love spending the holiday with my family, and my mother is an amazing host. However, I am not my mother, and my style is much less formal. So this year I am choosing to do things my way instead of trying to out-do my mother at something she is far better at.

I have already chosen to seat everyone family style — no kids table. I want the kids to be a part of everything. After all — why should they be separate? Since I am including them I am of course making the table a little less cluttered and more fun to keep the kids involved. I am going to create a special place-mat for everyone. I found this place-mat at Teachers-Pay-Teachers and felt it was the perfect thing to add to my more casual table setting. I am also going to include a small bucket of crayons at each end of the table so that everyone can color and write on their place-mat. I am hoping that everyone is willing to share what they write at the table when we are eating. It will be a great way to learn a little bit about what means the most to everyone in the family. You can learn a lot by what a person is thankful for. Hopefully this helps us all get just a little bit closer this holiday season.

Best Books: Peppa Gives Thanks

In our house Peppa Pig is a HUGE favorite. All of my kids love the pig family. Peppa and George are the absolute favorites, but everyone is enjoyable in this sweet pig family. We love the adventures that the books and show take us on as a family. But this year I was incredibly impressed to see that there was a new book for the holiday season.

While the book does not explicitly mention Thanksgiving, which is of course an American holiday while Peppa Pig and her creator are from the UK, the book discusses the idea of being thankful and even culminates with a dinner at the end.

The idea of Thanksgiving in a universal idea; to be thankful and open to sharing our love, gratitude, and compassion with others. Although American’s associate Thanksgiving with the sharing of a meal and a special cooperation between the Puritans and the Native American’s, it is really about the American Ideal: the ability to coexist with other backgrounds and cultures while not losing anything from one’s own background.

Peppa Gives Thanks allows children and parents to make a connection between being thankful and sharing all year long. It shares a meal and an idea to remind others what we are thankful for and to continue that behavior all year long. Parents and kids can even use the card at the end of the book to write down what they are thankful and grateful for. What will you write about?

Thanksgiving Table: Kids Table

One of my favorite parts of hosting the holidays is getting to do something fun for the kids.

As a child, I remember the kids’ table sometimes felt like we were being banished. We were way off in the corner, I was the oldest of all of the kids, and I felt that I was being punished being stuck at a small table with no one to talk to ( I was 10 years older than the youngest, and 5 years older than the other oldest). I was the de-facto babysitter for the kids’ table. Sent to the table to make sure the younger kids didn’t spill their juice, and the older kids didn’t play with their food. I wanted to be at the real table with my older brothers in all of their teenage glory. I wanted to hear the real conversations and drink from a crystal glass like everyone else over the age of 12. Instead, I was isolated in toddler town.

Today I think back on those days and try to remember the boredom. Especially when I am preparing my own kids’ table. Even though my kids are all under the age of 7 I know that they will want to feel special. So when I set their table I buy them special plastic glasses that won’t break but LOOK like the fancy crystal goblets at the big table. The youngest kids even have lids and straws for theirs. I set the table with fun colors and items that will entertain.

This year I found these sweet little DIY pilgrim hat crayon holders. Since I give each kid a placemat to doodle on this was the perfect thing to add to my table. Thank you to Kristyn at LilLuna for the incredibly cute and simple tutorial. The hats are so cute I even decided to give each adult at the table one as well. I included a placemat of paper so that we can all doodle. I have even decided to have a little contest. We each have to draw what we are thankful for this holiday season. I cannot wait to see what everyone creates.

Here at The Boy’s Store, we want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. And may all of you have a year to be thankful for.