Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #121 – hosted by PatAndCandy.com!
This week I hope y’all will welcome Tracy Fredychowski from Our Simple Homestead. Read on and find her social media links and read more of her great tips there, too!
I’m always looking for something different to do to help our children know the real meaning and history of Thanksgiving. At this time of the year when families gather to spend time around the table its a good time for a little fun.
Here is what we did last year.
On the bottom of each pumpkin place tags with a Thanksgiving fact. Before dinner and after our Thanksgiving prayer we each read the fact that was taped to the bottom of our pumpkin.
- Pumpkin #1 – In 1620, the Mayflower came ashore in the New World.
- Pumpkin #2 – In 1621 Thanksgiving was held as a three-day feast to celebrate the first harvest and to thank the local Indians that had helped them to survive their first year in Massachusetts.
- Pumpkin #3 – In 1623, the Plymouth colony had a terrible drought and they prayed for rain. After the rains had come, they celebrated Thanksgiving with a day of prayer.
- Pumpkin #4 – In 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving on June 29, to express their thanks for the good fortune their community had securely established.
- Pumpkin #5 – In 1777, all 13 colonies celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time; however, it was a one-time affair commemorating a victory over the British at Saratoga.
- Pumpkin #6 – In 1789, George Washington proclaimed November 26th to be a national thanksgiving day for adoption of Constitution.
- Pumpkin #7 – In 1846 Sarah Hale begins advocating a national Thanksgiving celebration, believing this spiritual means would unify and preserve the nation.
- Pumpkin #8 – In 1863 President Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November to be set aside as a “day of Thanksgiving and Praise”.
- Pumpkin #9 – In 1941, Congress changed the holiday permanently to the 4th Thursday of November.
Have fun teaching your children the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
Tracy Fredychowski lives a simple life in a modern world. She strives to preserve the art of homemaking and homesteading on her South Carolina farm. Join her as she shares the ways she has found to slow down and live a quiet stress-free life. You can also find her on Facebook,Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.
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