It is my experience that most of us are grasping for something more substantial in our holiday fête than a pretty Sandra Lee tablescape overrun with a dozen different desserts. I believe we are looking for something that will ring happily in our memories and our children's memories decades from now. Something that speaks to family. To true charity for neighbor. To gratitude to God.
Without further adieu, here are 10 ideas for making the holiday more than just an opportunity to indulge our appetites. Which one will you choose this year?
1. Begin a Thanksgiving tablecloth
2. Make a Thanksgiving Journal
3. Go to Mass/a Thanksgiving prayer service
4. Run (or walk) for a good cause
5. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, food bank, or nursing home as a family
6. Have an appreciation gift delivered to a heroic person or community group you and/or your family is especially thankful for this year (ie: firefighters, police officers, pastors, nurses, etc)
7. Bake up some gratitude rolls
8. Create some "Blessing Bags" as part of your Thanksgiving Day festivities
9. Craft a "surprise" Turkey centerpiece for the kids (or the kid in all of us)
10. Invite someone new to join you at your Thanksgiving table (the old widow across the street, the college kid at church, your coworker, the parish priest, etc.)