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Joyous and difficult, two opposing adjectives concurrently describe Thanksgiving emotions. The recent negative, political discourse leads us further astray from feeling acquainted with what’s “good”. Despite our bi-polarized feelings, it’s still possible to “bring thanks into the light”[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][1] through thoughtful conversation. How? By focusing on our uncomplicated blessings.

Here are some tips as well as Thanksgiving-oriented questions for your gathering, big or small. Start a new tradition this year and bring fun questions to the table.  Let conversation reflect our hospitality and thankfulness.

Hosting Tips for Thanksgivings

Relish the hosting opportunity: “To invite a person into your house is to take charge of his/her happiness for as long as he/she is under your roof.” (Brillat-Savarin, Physiologie Du Gout)

Make up your mind, regardless of any troubled relations, to provide warmth and a welcoming spirit, like that of a lovely fire burning in a cozy fireplace.

We’re not perfect so don’t worry if the meal isn’t either! Let others contribute, too!

Grab some quiet. Sit, take a walk, and or savor a morning coffee and, most importantly jot down a few notes on what you’re thankful for, truly, at your core. “Small” blessings count as much as “big”.

Ten Easy Questions*

  1. What are your favorite Thanksgiving leftovers? How many days can you eat Thanksgiving leftovers?
  2. What is your family secret to cooking a delicious turkey?
  3. Tell us about a time you witnessed a Thanksgiving dinner cooking disaster. What happened?
  4. What are you most thankful for this year?
  5. If you could design your own float for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, what would it look like?
  6. Do you have a favorite movie to watch on Thanksgiving night?
  7. What do you most appreciate about the person on your right?
  8. Have you ever not had turkey for Thanksgiving? What did you eat instead?
  9. What is the furthest you’ve travelled for a Thanksgiving meal?
  10. Name the first thirteen colonies? (Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island South Carolina, Virginia)

This Thanksgiving strive for love, a giving and receiving from the heart. Through hearing each other’s stories, we’ll feel a spiritual connection tied to a bigger life-source and our shared humanity. Through conversation around the Thanksgiving table… “there is …this vein that we tap into. We tap into the spiritual vein of gratitude.”[2]

Happy Thanksgiving!




*Questions from “The Thanksgiving Box of Questions” by Melissa & Doug LLC

[1] From “The Sky is Falling! Everything is Fine!”; Sermon by Rev. Katie Robb Davis, Wellshire Presbyterian Church, Denver, CO; November 13, 2016

[2]Overflowing Gratitude” by Rev. Charles Rush, Christ Church, Summit, NJ; November 17, 2013[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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