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Thanksgiving for kids

Updated on June 19, 2011


There really are not many sites that give you Thanksgiving ideas for kids. Seems like the day after (or sometimes before) Halloween, we are bombarded with the Christmas season. The only Thanksgiving ideas for kids seem to be little crafts, making a turkey out of your hand print, or something else that trivializes the meaning of the holiday.

Here’s a great Thanksgiving idea for your kids: Tell them about what the holiday means, and celebrate it for all it’s worth. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 with surviving Pilgrims and Native Americans with their King Massasoit. The Pilgrims were thankful just to be alive. This is probably covered in your kid’s text books. It was also a deeply religious holiday, giving thanks to God (and only He knows if texts today cover that one).

Unemployment is at an all time high. Many families are suffering. But remember, almost 400 years ago, these first European settlers put everything on the line to break the bondage of oppression. This county has been a beacon of freedom ever since. Thankful for just being ALIVE! Although many of us may not be thriving at the moment, this country is still the place on earth where it can all turn around with hard work, fortitude and imagination. The poorest of our fellow Americans are still one of the richest people on earth. We have freedoms and luxuries here that are unheard of in other parts of the world. Many in the world are thankful for just being alive.

So when you get discouraged about the way things are going, or if you’re one of those “I hate America, and all she stands for” liberal hypocrites, just remember, and show your kids, just how much we have in this land. The rest of the world might think us greedy, but look at our history. Your family’s history of how they got here (either by choice or force). This county was built literally on blood, sweat and tears. Because of our forefathers sacrifice each generation was built to be better on shoulders of the past.

Teach your kids the real meaning of this brushed over holiday. Teach them to thank God and each other for all of our blessings, even if they seem few. Show them how wonderful our lives truly are. Show them the less fortunate in this country and how they can help. Educate them on the oppression of foreign government, so they may not take America for granted. And if you are struggling this year, turn to your family and friends. Take heart in their love. We have so much more than material things. We have this country, still the land opportunity, were anyone can make big. The freedom to risk to succeed. A market for imagination and innovation. The culture to support free thought. God bless all of you this Thanksgiving, and may God continue to bless America.

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Great stuff! I believe I will reference this on my Thanksgiving hub. Let me know if you have any objection.

    • Specialk3749 profile image

      Karen Metz 6 years ago from Michigan

      It is a shame how our society "skips" Thanksgiving. Most public school text books have removed the religious part about the pilgrims, and it has become just another history lesson. I want my kids to really know the hard times the pilgrims had, and be thankful for the many blessings they have. Thanks for a great hub!