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November 20, 2013 Edition 

How Does Your Homeschool Celebrate Thanksgiving?

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The Wuehler Family

Our family will enjoy the typical American feast with friends and family next week. But, I have seen a sad trend lately. Our society takes out the thanksgiving part of the holiday and calls it Turkey Day. Not only that, but there seems to be a big deal made of Halloween and Christmas, but Thanksgiving is overlooked.


But, God wants people of thanksgiving. So, how do we cultivate a heart of thanksgiving?


We teach our children to say thank you to everyone, for anything, in every circumstance. After all, they are children who should show honor and respect and kindness to all they come in contact with.


But worse than that is a complaining heart; a selfish heart that only demands no matter what it has already received. We dislike this in our children. Before we reproach children for their entitlement natures, let's look a little closer to home. Do we say, "Please" to God, and forget the "Thank you?"


We lay out all our requests and we stop there. That's the end of our prayer. Can you imagine if the only communication you received from your spouse or children was a list of things to do for them? You will never have a close relationship with God if all you do is give Him lists of requests. We must have the "thank you" for it is in our thanks that we acknowledge just Who He Is. It's more than a polite thanks; it is thanksgiving, it's what takes away our anxiety, and it is even worship.


Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6, 7 (KJV)


The Greek meaning of the word "thanksgiving" here is: From eucharistos; gratitude; actively, grateful language (to God, as an act of worship) -- thankfulness, (giving of) thanks(-giving).


We must also worship with our "thank you, God!" When we are full of gratitude, we have no room for a spirit of heaviness. We have no room for a complaining, selfish heart. We have shifted the focus from our feelings and our temporal needs to the very God who meets every need.


When we begin to add "thank you" with our lists of "please," we recognize the very greatness of our God and humble ourselves before it. We come into a relationship with God rather than merely handing Him a list and hitting the road. We remember that He is gracious and He provides, and He cares greatly for us. Let's worship Him in thanksgiving.


Hath God forgotten to be gracious? Hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah. And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? Psalm 77: 9-13 (KJV)


~ Deborah 

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Today, we got out the Thanksgiving Jar where we place little slips of paper into with the things we're thankful for written on them. That was easy. The hard part is not to put things off to the last moment. For example, right after Thanksgiving we start our weekly Family Advent Nights. During the time, we make a little craft, read a portion of Scripture, light an advent candle, read a Christmas story, and have a little snack while sipping sparkling grape juice. That takes a little planning, but it is one of my children's favorite Christmas activities.


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Raising Real Men    

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays! It's one of the least commercialized and least mangled holidays of our culture. Even the name points people toward the God who gives good gifts.


It's fascinating talking about Thanksgiving with our children. The Pilgrims were real people a lot like us--principled Christians who were very concerned about the upbringing of their children. They left England because they were being persecuted for their faith, then left the Netherlands, where they had religious freedom, because they were losing their children's hearts to the culture. They were willing to suffer hardship to worship God and disciple their families as conscience and the BIble led them.


We love to read excerpts from their journals to our children and help them understand the sacrifices our forefathers made to settle this land. The first year of the settlement, nearly half the community died of sickness and starvation. The first Thanksgiving feast was a celebration of God's blessings and His ending a time of great suffering. How they must have rejoiced to see God's provision come in!


We also love preparing our hearts to be thankful. We sing Thanksgiving songs, talk about what we have to be grateful about, and sometimes even do a Thanksgiving tree or other physical reminder of God's gifts. Thanksgiving reminds even the calloused to remember the God who made us and takes care of us.


This gives you a tremendous opportunity to be a testimony to your extended family! By introducing Christ-centered traditions and focusing on the meaning of the holiday, you can witness to your family in a very low key, winsome way. H Hosting the celebration at your house allows you to set the tone in a way you just can't at someone else's house.


You're probably thinking that cooking for Thanksgiving is a tremendous lot of work, but it is so worth it when you realize the opportunity you have to glorify the Lord in it! That hard work may be the factor that makes older relatives willing to pass on the baton, too.


Be sure to ask other family members to help, though, not just to lessen your own burden, but to make everyone feels appreciated and to allow them to contribute as well. "Aunt Beth, could you make the seven layer salad? No one does it like you do!"


We've found that as we've introduced some new/old traditions to our feast, our extended family has actually welcomed and enjoyed them. We'll never forget a dear relative filming our son reciting "Five Kernels of Corn" so that he could show his friends back in China!


What a great opportunity to help everyone remember what the celebration is all about!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Hal & Melanie


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