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November 2007



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November Newsletter 2007

November has arrived with a sense of anticipation of the upcoming holiday season. Neighborhoods are decorated with the colors of autumn and the air is filled with a fresh crispness.

Thanksgiving Day , legal holiday in the U.S., first celebrated in early colonial times in New England. The actual origin, however, is probably the harvest festivals that are traditional in many parts of the world Festivals and Feasts. After the first harvest was completed by the Plymouth colonists in 1621, Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and prayer, shared by all the colonists and neighboring Native Americans.

Definition of harvest: the gathering of ripe crops, the crops or the amount so gathered, or the season in which they are gathered.

In 1623 a day of fasting and prayer during a period of drought was changed to one of thanksgiving because the rain came during the prayers. Gradually the custom prevailed in New England of annually celebrating thanksgiving after the harvest.

During the American Revolution a yearly day of national thanksgiving was suggested by the Continental Congress. In 1817 New York State adopted Thanksgiving Day as an annual custom, and by the middle of the 19th century many other states had done the same. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a day of thanksgiving, and since then each president has issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, generally designating the fourth Thursday of November as a holiday. Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in Canada, celebrated, since 1957, on the second Monday in October. Observance of the day began in 1879. "Thanksgiving Day,"Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia. 1993-1997 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Order a book from to explore Thanksgiving as a family!

Cranberry Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving

The Story of Thanksgiving


How does your family celebrate Thanksgiving? Do you travel to spend Thanksgiving with family? Maybe you have family who will travel to spend the holiday with you.

Do you gather around the dining room table and enjoy a delicious dinner with your family? Maybe after dinner your family likes to relax by a crackling fire and play a board game together. Some families enjoy a nice walk in the woods after Thanksgiving dinner.

One of God's greatest gifts to us is our family and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to enjoy the company of our parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents and other relatives.

Soon it will be Thanksgiving and the beginning of the Holiday Season!

While you and your family are enjoying all that Thanksgiving offers, be sure and take a moment to think about everything that you are thankful for. Why not ask Mom or Dad to start a new tradition in your home of sharing your "thanks" around the dinner table before the BIG MEAL!

Simply have each dinner guest name one thing that they are most thankful for this Thanksgiving.

I thank you God for . . .

Make a list of everything that you are thankful for!

Some ideas:

I am thankful for my family.

I am thankful for the house that God has provided me with.

I am thankful for my health.

I am thankful for my teachers.

I am thankful for the food that God provides me with.

I am thankful for the good friends that God brings into my life.

I am thankful for my church and my pastor.

I am thankful for the warm clothes that God provides me with.

I am thankful for beautiful fall weather that God gives us to enjoy.

I am thankful most of all that God loved me so very much that He sent His only Son to die for me so that I could live in heaven someday.

Have you ever noticed that when things go wrong we are sometimes quick to ask, "Why God?" but when things are mostly o.k. in our lives, we sometimes forget to thank God for taking care of us.

Keep the spirit of Thanksgiving in your heart all year long and remember to thank God for all the little things in your life that you may sometimes take for granted.

Don't forget to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade!
Parade will be televised live on NBC from 9:00am - 12:00pm EST
November 22nd - Thanksgiving Day
Visit the official
Macy's web site for more information!

Have you seen our "Be Thankful" Bible Study for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Fun!

Color a Thanksgiving Picture
"An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving" by Louisa May Alcott
Leaf Fun with
Billy Bear
Color the
Color the
Color a
Cornucopia Tissue Craft (A printable activity)
Write A Turkey Poem (A rintable activity)
Make a Tic Tac Turkey Game (With printable pattern)
November Calendar (Draw a picture of Thanksgiving Above - Printable)
A Thanksgiving
Printable Quiz with Answer Key
The First Thanksgiving (Printable Quiz) with Answer Key
Thanksgiving Through History (Printable Quiz) with Answer Key
How to say
"Thank You" in 465 languages
The Crossing of the Mayflower - Mapping Skills
A Thanksgiving
Rebus Story
Thanksgiving Word Searches -
Easy (Answer Key)
Thanksgiving Word Searches -
4th - 5th Grade (Answer Key)
Thanksgiving Word Searches -
Hard (Answer Key)
A Turkey
Jigsaw Puzzle
17th Century
Talk like a pilgrim!
Create a Wacky Thanksgiving Story (Fill in the blank printable activity)
"Sammy, The Turkey Snake)
Make a
Papier Mache Bowl
Facts About Turkeys
How to make a
Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Candle Making
Thanksgiving Crossword Puzzle with Answer Key
Make a
Pine Cone Turkey
Go on a
Turkey Hunt
Thanksgiving Games
Send someone a
Thanksgiving E-Card

Be sure and visit our "All About Thanksgiving" for
fun ideas and ways to celebrate Thanksgiving!

Bears In Leaves



Over the River and Thru the Woods

Over the river and through the wood To Grandfather's house we go. The horse knows the way To carry the sleigh Through white and drifted snow.

Over the river and through the wood Oh, how the wind does blow! It stings the toes And bites the nose, As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the wood To have a first-rate play. Hear the
bells ring, Ting-a-ling-ling! Hurrah forThanksgiving Day!

Over the river and through the wood, Trot fast, my dapple gray! Spring over the ground Like a hunting hound, For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river and through the wood, And straight through the barnyard gate. We seem to go Extremely slow It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood Now Grandmother's cap I spy! Hurrah for fun! Is the pudding done? Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

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Something sweet is always something to be thankful for!

~ ~ ~ Peanut Butter Crispy Treats ~ ~ ~

  • 4 cups toasted rice cereal

  • 1 3/4 cups "M&M's" Chocolate Mini Baking Bits

  • 4 cups mini marshmallows

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Combine cereal and "M&M's" Chocolate Mini Baking Bits in lightly greased baking pan; set aside. Melt marshmallows, peanut butter, butter and salt in heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally until mixture is smooth. Pour melted mixture over cereal mixture, tossing lightly until thoroughly coated. Gently shape into 11/2-inch balls with buttered fingers. Place on waxed paper; cool at room temperature until set. Store in tightly covered container.

Makes about 3 dozen.

Variation: After cereal mixture is thoroughly coated, press lightly into greased 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan. Cool completely; cut into bars.

This very delicious recipe and more can be found at the official
M & M's Web site.


~ ~ ~ Time for a chuckle! ~ ~ ~

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?

How can you send a turkey through the post office?

Why did the turkey cross the road?


How to Make Apple Butter!

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 4 pounds cooking apples - peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar


    1. In a 5 quart saucepan, bring apple cider and apples to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and, stirring often, simmer 10 minutes, or until the apples are very tender.
    2. Sieve the mixture through a strainer or food mill, then return to simmer in the saucepan.
    3. Stir sugar and brown sugar into the mixture. Simmer uncovered 2 hours, stirring often, until the mixture reaches a spreadable consistency.
    4. Transfer to sterile containers and refrigerate or freeze until serving.
  • This very delicious recipe and more can be found at the official
    All Recipes.Com



    What does the Bible say about being thankful?

    Ps 100:4

    Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name.

    Ro 1:21

    Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

    Col 3:15

    And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

    The Wordsmyth English Dictionary-Thesaurus

    defines thankful as:


    SYL:           thank-ful
    PRO:           thaengk fEl
    POS:     adjective
    DEF:       feeling or showing gratitude.
    SYN:           grateful (1), appreciative
    SIM:           obliged {oblige (vt)}, mindful, pleased {please (vt)}, contented
    DER:           thankfully, adv. ;
    DER:           thankfulness, n.

    Are you grateful and appreciative of all that the Lord has done for you? Do you remember to visit with God daily and to tell Him how thankful you are for your blessings?

    Your heavenly Father loves to visit with you. He wants to know you and He wants you to know Him better too. Think of the Lord as a very special friend who has come to live in your home. Would you ever let a day pass without visiting your roommate? Set a special time every day to visit with God and try very hard to remember to meet with Him daily. You wouldn't disappoint a friend by forgetting him and Jesus is the very best friend you will ever have!

    Invite the Lord to your Thanksgiving dinner and thank Him for all the bounty and blessings in your life.




    ~ ~ ~ More Thanksgiving Fun! ~ ~ ~

    The Mayflower Homepage

    Virtual Tour of the Plimouth (Plymouth) Plantation

    Visit Plymouth MA

    Stroll through the ages at Plymouth MA

    Pumpkin Fest

    The First Thanksgiving

    George Washington's 1789 Proclamation

    Thanksgiving Desktop theme

    Scholastic - The First Thanksgiving

    ~ ~ ~ Thanksgiving Craft Ideas ~ ~ ~


    A Paper Scarecrow

    Clay Pot Turkey from Making Friends

    Thanksgiving Crafts From Family Fun

    Pilgrim Crafts

    Count Your Blessings Ornament

    Harvest Basket Craft

    Thanksgiving Paper Chain

    A Thankful Turkey Craft

    Acorns Napkin Tie

    A Leaf Garland

    Thanksgiving Memory Baskets

    A Candy Cornucopia Treat

    Iron on Transfer T-Shirt


    Check out
    Homeschooled Kids Online Craft Center for TONS of craft ideas!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    May God richly bless you all!


    Thanksgiving TV Specials


    Home for the Holidays: The History of Thanksgiving
    HISTORY Nov 19 06:00am  Add to My Calendar
    Special/Other, 60 Mins.

    The Pilgrims; Lincoln's declaration; turkey and celebrations.

    2-4pm In All Time Zones Thanksgiving Day
    This treasured and Oscar-winning holiday classic stars three-time Golden Globe winner Natalie Wood, Maureen O’Hara, and Oscar and two-time Golden Globe winner Edmund Gwenn as Santa Claus. Kris Kringle’s joyous spirit (and magical powers) transform those around him, including little Susan Walker (Wood) and her world-weary mother (O’Hara).

    8/7pm Saturday, November 27th
    A holiday classic – only on NBC! A Christmas Eve miracle puts a despondent George Bailey (James Stewart) in touch with a second-class angel (Henry Travers) who offers George a peek into what life would be like without him. This special telecast will be available with Descriptive Theatrevision for the visually impaired – with narration provided by former president George Bush.   TVG

    9/8pmpm Sunday, November 28th
    A CHRISTMAS CAROL: The Musical
    With music from Oscar and Tony Award-winning composer Alan Menken ("Beauty & The Beast"), A Christmas Carol is a two-hour movie based on the long-running Madison Square Garden stage production. Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammer stars as Scrooge, with Tony Award winner Jason Alexander as Jacob Marley. The amazing cast also includes Jesse L. Martin, Jane Krakowski and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Official site coming soon!  TVG

    A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
    Thursday, November 25 at 8/7c

    In the 1973 special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown wants to do something special for the gang. However the dinner he arranges is a disaster when the caterers, Snoopy and Woodstock, prepare toast and popcorn as the main dish. Humiliated, it will take all of Marcie's persuasive powers to salvage the holiday for Charlie Brown.

    Don't forget to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade!
    Parade will be televised live on NBC from 9:00am - 12:00pm EST
    November 25th - Thanksgiving Day
    Visit the official
    Macy's web site for more information!



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