Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Wishing all my friends in the USA 'Happy Thanksgiving!'


Some say, 'You don't miss what you don't have' but I would love to have a day set aside for Thanksgiving in the UK. It is a blessing in itself to stop and reflect on all the goodness of God to us, nationally, physically and spiritually. We might be more grateful if we did!

I have never been in the US on Thanksgiving and wondered if there are special church services of Thanksgiving?
Apart from turkey dinner, are there any other traditions you keep on Thanksgiving?
Do you think having Thanksgiving makes you more thankful?

I'm just curious and would love to hear from you!

I hope all of my friends in the USA enjoy a blessed day - Give thanks with a grateful heart!

With best wishes for a wonderful Day!


  1. Hi Christine ..I can only speak for my family we hold hand and say grace and give Thanks right before the meal..their is football to watch ALL DAY games to play ..why don't you start a tradition with your own Thanksgiving

  2. Hi Christine,

    Thank you for your kind holiday greetings! You asked if there are any special church services on Thanksgiving. Many Protestant churches have special thanksgiving services either on Thanksgiving morning or as is more common, THanksgiving Eve.

    We have a tradition on Thanksgiving that we have enjoyed for many, many years. In fact, my children, who are young adults never remember when we didn't do this. I always place a small glass bowl full of corn kernals on our dinner table. It not only adds to the autumn decor but after we're stuffed with dinner, we pass the bowl around to everyone who is there and ask them to take out several corn kernals. We then go around the table and each person puts a kernal back in the bowl and then shares what specific thing they are thankful for this year. We keep going until everyones corn kernals are done. Most of the time, folks take out more kernals and often there are sweet tears of thankfulness expressed by our guests as they recall God's kindness to them.

    One year, when we were out of town and had to eat Thanksgiving at a restarant, I pulled out a ziploc bag of corn kernals so we could carry on our tradition!

    And of course---pumpkin pie with whipped cream!


  3. Thanks Christine,
    I agree that you all should start your own Thanksgiving holiday! What a neat idea.

    Our town always has a Thanksgiving Parade on the Tues. night before Thanksgiving. We don't always go, but when our boys were younger, it was freezing cold one yr. and I remember wrapping a big blanket around all of us,(even tho' we had our winter coats on) huddling together just to stay warm. :))

    Usually for us it consists of family enjoying the day together, eating a HUGE turkey and all the side dishes and desserts, after cleaning and baking for days before the big event. LOL

    But most of all, we do give thanks to Almighty God for all the things He has brought our way during the yr.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!


  4. I think I may just have to start my own Thanksgiving tradition right here in the UK!!!!
    Thanks for your replies!

  5. Thank you Christine! I hope you do join in the fun and start your own Thanksgiving tradition. It is a lot of work but the memories you'll have are so totally worth it!

    The church I attend is rather small and our Pastor visits his family in West Virginia so we have our Thanksgiving service on the Sunday prior and we have communion at the evening service.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, and we've done different things different years. Usually one of the ladies in the family hosts the get-together, cooking the meal, although everyone brings something. This year, we actually went out to dinner at a local restaurant. I know that isn't traditional, but it was a nice change, and no one had to cook or clean up :-)

  7. Some churches in our area have an early service - early so the women can get home and get cooking :D

    There are a lot of restaurants and churches in our area who give free meals on Thanksgiving Day. My niece's church gave away 642 free turkeys the week before Thanksgiving, and several stores give shoppers discounts when they bring canned goods for donation to the free food pantries.

    It seems like people are so generous this time of year to make sure everyone has a good meal on a special day.


Thanks so much for expressing an interest - kind thoughts always appreciated!