Thanksgiving is a day known for cooking, baking, hustling between families, eating too much, and getting back home in preparation for Black Friday escapades, or just to get some sleep after a long, hectic day. A Kansas City tradition also includes watching the Plaza lights as they are turned on. While all of this is good, and may be the traditional way to spend the holiday, there are other ways to go about it. Listed here are some other considerations.
Rather than going out for Thanksgiving, make a simple Thanksgiving dinner at home, and invite friends who may not otherwise have a Thanksgiving dinner. This does not require anything out of the ordinary, nor does it need to be costly. Just the basics–turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, a vegetable, and pumpkin pie–would do the trick. The guests would be most appreciative. Sharing with others is a perfect way to give thanks for God’s many blessings.
Volunteer at a local soup kitchen. Help out in whatever capacity is needed, whether it be cooking, serving food, or cleaning up afterward, the time would be greatly needed and appreciated. Everyone deserves a good meal. The homeless and the poor may have no other means to get any sort of meal that day.
If there are children in the neighborhood, gather them together ahead of the actual holiday. Assemble a craft, such as shown in the video that accompanies this article. Make table decorations, place mats, or refrigerator magnets. Bake cookies, and decorate them. Then, package them for each to take home to their families as their part of the Thanksgiving meal.
Stay home, enjoy a quiet meal with others, or alone, and give thanks to God for the gift of a home, food to enjoy, and other blessings. Make it a peaceful day, spending a few hours with a favorite pastime. Crafts, or other hobbies, might be a nice way to relax. Or, after the meal, go for a walk in the park, taking in some of God’s creation. The leaves are changing to their beautiful fall colors. It might be a good time to take in the view.
Take the time to rest and soak up the meaning of the day. Whatever way the day is spent, take time to acknowledge God’s grace, favor, mercy, and abundance, as well as the freedoms provided. 1 Thessalonians 5: 18 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you,” (1989, The new revised standard version bible, New York, NY: American Bible Society).
Give thanks for whatever way the day is spent. Not just on Thanksgiving; but, every single day.