Q: How do you keep the “thanks” in Thanksgiving?
Every year on the night before Thanksgiving, we make turkey pizzas. It’s become one of our favorite family traditions. We make our individual turkeys, and then we each talk about what we are thankful for.
JENNIFER STOWELL MONTEZUMA, IOWA
Growing up, my church held a special service on Thanksgiving morning where we sang and thanked God for all of his blessings. Now with children of my own but living far from my hometown, I don’t have a Thanksgiving service to attend. Even so, I take my children to our church, and we gather around the altar. We sing songs, pray and thank God for his wonderful blessings. Only then does it feel like Thanksgiving to me.
RACHEL PIOCH SOLDOTNA, ALASKA
After Thanksgiving dinner our family writes Christmas cards for the injured and sick veterans at the Veterans Affairs St. Louis hospital. The first year we wrote about 40 cards. Last year we had Thanksgiving at a restaurant, and our daughter gave cards to anyone who would sign one or write a note. We collected more than 100.
LINDA JAGER CEDAR HILL, MISSOURI
Years ago, my children and I made “thankful books” for guests to sign during Thanksgiving dinner. Every year we set out these books with a pen, and our family and friends write down something for which they are grateful. These books are now 25 years old, and the memories recorded in them are priceless.
KALLEE KRONG-McCREERY ESCONDIDO, CALIFORNIA