How-to guides about how to plan well for big holiday meals abound, but food preparation is not the only piece of the pie in making our Thanksgiving or Christmas meal tradition meaningful and fun. Along with meal planning, it is helpful to think through how to set the table for connection (even before we sit down to eat), how to proactively avoid family conflicts, and how to use mealtime to build relationships and deeper bonds.
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Reclaiming Home for the Holidays ebook on kristagilbert.com
The Today Show Thanksgiving Planning Guide
The Cooks Illustrated Planning Guide – you have to have a subscription to have access to this. But I am such a Cooks Illustrated fan, I thought I would include it. Their recipes and ideas are strictly tested (think Consumer Reports, but of cooking) and are AMAZING.
Holiday Planning Guide by Ruth Soukup
To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donahue
Three O’Donahue blessings:
“May you live this day compassionate of heart, clear in word, gracious in awareness, courageous in thought, generous in love.”
“May you take time to see the quiet miracles that seek no attention.”
“May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.”
George Washington’s 1789 Proclamation of Thanksgiving
Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Declaration
SEND ME game (for groups)
Break everyone into teams of 3 or 4. For each “round” you say, “Pick the person who is the _____________” and that team sends up a representative. They compete against each other. The fun part is they don’t know what they are going to have to do before they come up.
*The tallest… THUMB (THEY HAVE A THUMB WRESTLING CONTEST)
*The fastest… WATER CHUGGER (CHUG GLASSES OF WATER)
*The steadiest… BALANCE A BOOK ON THEIR HEAD WHILE STANDING ON ONE LEG
*The longest… STARING CONTEST
*The highest… NOTE YOU CAN SING
*The fastest… CRAB WALKER
*The heaviest… PERSON YOU CAN CARRY ACROSS THE ROOM
*The fastest… ALPHABET SONG SINGER
You can make up your own. This is a really fun game to do over dessert.