Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. I always look forward to spending time feasting with family and giving thanks for all of our many blessings. As I got out our basket of Thanksgiving books, I thought I would share some of our favorites. Many of these can probably be found through your local library. Click on the book photo to get a preview of each book on Amazon.
This first book, Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember, has been a family favorite for quite a few years now. It is so beautifully done and also includes a CD of instrumental music. The readings about Thanksgiving are so nice to read together during the month.
Here are some of our favorites for the children:
The book below is a lovely picture book version of Louisa May Alcott's An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (illustrated by James Bernardin--there are other versions available that we don't like parts of...this is the only one we recommend). The illustrations are so warm and homey, and the story is sweet.
Apparently the version of this book that we have (Over the River and Through the Wood, pictured above, illustrated by Iris Van Rynbach) is out of print (but you can find them used very inexpensively). I am linking to the one that states it is illustrated by Iris Van Rynbach, but I noticed that all of the reviews are talking about books illustrated by others. So, just disregard the reviews on Amazon if they mention other illustrators. I don't know anything about the other books, just the one we have, pictured above. I love the cute illustrations. We found ours originally at the library, and then we found a used library discard book to purchase.
It's always so nice to have Thanksgiving music playing during the month of November. The two CD's below are ones we have really enjoyed.
Perhaps you have noticed an abundance of posts here lately? :) Well, I knew that I was planning to take some time off in November and I had all these posts just begging to be shared before that time! So, now that I have all of those posts taken care of, I'll probably be posting less frequently.
My heart's desire is just to take some time to enjoy family and this season of thankfulness. Earlier this year (in February) my husband gave me this book for my birthday (I had hinted that I would like to read it!):
I decided the month of November would be a great time to focus on gratitude. There's a 30-day devotional guide at the back of the book that I plan to use this month, also, in addition to my regular daily Bible reading (I'm still reading through the whole Bible this year--and I'm almost there!).
Before I go, I found a few great free resources for Thanksgiving that I wanted to share:
- Here's a free e-book from Marilyn Moll of The Urban Homemaker, called Traditional Thanksgiving: Stress Free Plans and Easy Recipes for Busy Moms. It's full of recipes and tips, including several recipes for using up leftover turkey.
- Make a beautiful "Thankful Tree." There are two versions that I like: This one by Simply Vintage Girl is beautiful! This one by Playful Learning is geared toward children, and is probably what I will end up with this year. :) I think the younger children would probably really enjoy doing this activity.
- Lots of preschool Thanksgiving activities at this link, including some cute hand print turkeys.
- Carolyn Mahaney's Turkey Recipe. At the bottom of this post there is also a link to a PDF containing recipes for all the favorite side dishes her family makes. Makes me hungry just reading it. :)
I hope your week is abundantly blessed!