From our family to yours, we hope you have a safe, healthy and delicious Thanksgiving with family, friends, and neighbors. Here are a few tips and resources we have gathered over the years to help make the most of the day.

Thanksgiving Tips

• Prepare ahead of time. If you are hosting the meal, do as much as you can the night before.

• Accept help. Trying to do it all doesn’t leave you any time for family and easily results in holiday martyrdom. When someone asks if they can bring something, say yes!

• Relax and consider scaling down your ambitions. Whether it’s an over-the-top meal, holiday decorations, or a Thanksgiving craft project for the kids, remember that the point is good conversation, good food, and fellowship.

• Turn off the television. Yes, there are the parades, football games, and specials, but try to keep most of Thanksgiving about the conversation.

• Talk about Thanksgiving. Connect your celebration to the original story of the fall harvest celebration that brought together struggling, starving Pilgrims and generous Native Americans.

• Talk about family traditions and tell stories. If your celebration involves multiple generations or multiple families, talk about traditions, “the good old days,” and your own childhood. Stories teach children about life and history.

• Talk about food. Talk with children about where food comes from and how it was prepared.

• Be thankful. Ask everyone at the table to say what they are thankful for.

• Share. Thanksgiving is a celebration of sharing and abundance. Develop a tradition of sharing with those who have less and involve children in contributing to a food shelter or other charity.

The process of being together is more important than the product. Foods that children help prepare may be imperfect or messy, but the time you spend together preparing the dish is priceless. The same is true of crafts – the “doing” is more important than the outcome. So make Thanksgiving a time for being with family.

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