Christianwriters.com friend, Tamera Kraft, is involved in a Christmas blog hop. Problem is, I can’t do any hopping yet because The Cat Lady’s Secret doesn’t even have its release date. Tamera was gracious enough to send me a Thanksgiving post instead. Enjoy!~~~
I love Thanksgiving. Aside from the historical and spiritual significance of thanking God for His many blessings, I enjoy just about everything associated with the day.
When I get up tomorrow, I’ll watch the Macy’s Day Parade while getting the capon stuffed and in the oven. We usually cook a couple of capons instead of turkey. I love the parade. I’ve been watching it since I was a little girl. Of course, I always looked forward to seeing Santa’s sleigh, but my favorite part of the parade has always been watching the Radio City Rockettes dance. I took twenty years of dance lessons, and when I was young, I wanted to be a Rockette.
After the parade, I finish preparing a feast for my family (husband, daughter, son-in-law, sister, brother-in-law, and mom). Not everyone enjoys spending all the effort and time doing this, but I love it. I set the table with a cloth tablecloth and napkins, china and crystal, and a Thanksgiving centerpiece and candle. Here’s the menu for the day.
- 2 capons
- Homemade gizzard stuffing
- Homemade sweet potatoes
- Homemade mash potatoes
- Homemade gravy
- Cranberry Sauce
- Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Pie (made from scratch by my husband who enjoys baking)
After supper and dessert, we play cards or board games and end the day with a Christmas movie. Usually we watch It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street. We’re not big sports fans.
So how do you celebrate Thanksgiving?
TAMERA LYNN KRAFT has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio.
Tamera is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She has curriculum published and is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.
You can contact Tamera online at these sites.
- Word Sharpeners Blog: http://tameralynnkraft.com
- Revival Fire For Kids Blog: http://revivalfire4kids.com
- Adventures in American History: http://tameralynnkraft.blogspot.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TameraLynnKraft
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/tamerakraft
A Christmas Promise: A Moravian Holiday Story, Circa 1773
During colonial times, John and Anna settle in an Ohio village to become Moravian missionaries to the Lenape. When John is called away to help at another settlement two days before Christmas, he promises he’ll be back by Christmas Day.
When he doesn’t show up, Anna works hard to not fear the worst while she provides her children with a traditional Moravian Christmas.
Through it all, she discovers a Christmas promise that will give her the peace she craves.
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Thanksgiving celebrations always vary at our place depending on who is coming, who is going, and when we’ll get together with the grandmas. One thing is consistent, and that’s we’re all like a bunch of pilgrims coming in from the hunt. Thanksgiving is smack dab in the middle of the Wisconsin deer hunting season, so besides family and friends and food crowded around, there are also piles of blaze orange strewn everywhere! Dinner isn’t served until an hour and a half past dark, giving time for all the hunters to come in from the cold and tell their tales. We LOVE it!
I hear ya, Naomi. Deer and duck hunting around here too, and successful hunts mean great stews, etc. I’m not hunting this year, but I usually join MSB for deer season. Still, our Thanksgiving day is reserved for food, family, friends, and football!
I love that, Naomi. It would be great to have Thanksgiving in the middle of the woods in Wisconsin. Have a happy Thanksgiving.
Linda, thanks for having me on your blog. Have a happy Thanksgiving.
You too, Tamera!
My 9 yr old grandson just passed the hunter safety course last week, and is suppose to go rabbit hunting on Thanksgiving morning w/ his PaPaw Jim-in farm country OH! He’ll come over to this Nana’s house later in the day on Thanksgiving!
It’s great that he learned hunting and gun safety. I hope he does well!
What a wonderful feast you prepare, Tamera! I know everything is delicious! Our family gathers at my parent’s home for our Thanksgiving meal. It is a wonderful time of food, fun and fellowship! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
Just head me toward the chocolate pie! Family, food and fellowship…what blessings!
Thanksgiving is coming soon, and most children’s pastors have special Thanksgiving services planned. One thing I have always done on Thanksgiving is to teach the children about America’s spiritual heritage ingrained in the Pilgrims and Puritans. These are some of the facts that children are not taught in school.