Sunday, November 20, 2016

A Tree of Thanksgiving

That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. Psalms 26:7
Is your tree up? As I left school on Monday, I saw someone had pulled out the decorations. A huge tree with a few sparse balls was already going up in the lobby. Ughhh, yes, I knew there were only a few weeks left until Christmas break and we had Art Night this week, but really? Did we really have to skip Thanksgiving? 
As we entered the building Tuesday morning, a spectacular tree greeted us with fall leaves, pumpkins, and scarecrows. A Tree of Thanksgiving, what a wonderful idea! We delighted in the tree all week as it reminded us to be thankful for all God has given us. It's given us time to teach the children about the Pilgrim's desire to freely worship, their struggles coming to and living in a new land. It reminded us to teach about Squanto, a man God prepared to help the Pilgrims survive. It reminded us of the freedom we have to live and worship because of the sacrifices of others.
I am thankful for so many things this year and I'm thankful for an assistant principal who created our Thanksgiving tree!
Hey Kids:
Did you know Squanto spoke English? How did that happen?
Did you know the support of the main mast of the Mayflower broke in a storm? How did they repair it? 
Let's not rush Christmas. How can you show reminders of your gratitude?
You can make a simple tree of thanksgiving with a few green sticky notes and colored pens.
At each meal, you and your family can write one thing on a sticky note for which you are thankful. 
Place the notes in the shape of a tree on a prominent wall or window. 
Watch the tree grow and take shape this week as you and your family express your  gratitude of all God has given you.
Happy Thanksgiving!
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