5 Ways To Celebrate Thanksgiving As A Christian Family
“Praise the Lord.Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – Psalm 106:1
Thanksgiving is all about blessings and giving thanks for the people you value and care or the things that you have. Also, it is the best time for gathering, sharing your blessings and spending time with the ones that you love such as your family, friends and relatives. And, if you are looking for some ways on how to spend Thanksgiving Day with God as the center of it — who is the source of all the blessings that you received. Here’s how!
Plan your Thanksgiving activity in advance.
“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” – Psalm 20:4
There are a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving Day, so you have enough time to prepare for it. Plan ahead and finalize your menu, grocery list and guest list. If you decide to order a take away food or ready to eat food, call the restaurant or shop and place your order in advance. Thus, set a realistic budget when planning your Thanksgiving day activities. Be sure to be a good steward of God’s blessing and to spend your money wisely — don’t let your food go to waste or spoil. So, prepare enough food and simplify your Thanksgiving celebration. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” – Luke 14:28
Cook a savory dish for Thanksgiving.
“Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.” – Ecclesiastes 9:7
Ask your family and guest if they like anything on your Thanksgiving gathering and cook it for them. Some of the traditional dishes during Thanksgiving are roasted turkey, mashed potato, green bean casserole, pumpkin or pecan pie. “So heap on the wood and kindle the fire. Cook the meat well, mixing in the spices and let the bones be charred.” – Ezekiel 24:10. Also, cooking with your children or spouse during Thanksgiving is a great way to bond and enjoy this holiday. Ask your family to help you prepare your Thanksgiving dinner and fill your kitchen with love and laughter.
Host a gathering in your home.
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20
Thanksgiving is about family gathering and hosting a dinner in your home where you can look back and give thanks to the one who gave us all the blessings in this world is one of the great ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:24-25. Share your thanksgiving testimony, and ask your family and guest on the things that they are grateful for and acknowledge God for all the blessings you have received. “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 10:32
“My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge. With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone. O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.” – Psalm 71:15-18
Have a family game night or do craft activities at home.
“Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
After your Thanksgiving dinner, you can gather everyone in your living room and play some fun games such as Monopoly: Jerusalem, chess, checkers or making a puzzle. Enjoy your fellowship with each other while having a cup of tea and some snacks. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:7. You can also do some crafts about Thanksgiving or start a Gratitude journal with your family — write all the things that you are grateful for and reflect on God’s blessings and love in your family.
Decorate your home for Christmas.
“Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” – Proverbs 24:3-4
Decorating your home for Christmas during Thanksgiving Day is also a great idea. Bring out your Christmas decors and start to fill your home with bright and colorful things that promotes God’s Word such as figurines, pillows, tableware, trays, wall art and frames. “But all things should be done decently and in order.” – 1 Corinthians 14:40 Let your kids help you to design your living room, entryway, front door and even your dining table. “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” – Proverbs 31:27
Doing these activities will bring you and your family unity, joy and happiness on Thanksgiving Day. “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” – 1 Corinthians 1:10. Thus, fill your home with song of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord because without him you cannot enjoy all the things that you have today. “I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.” – Psalm 13:6