In November of 2002, a friend and I heard about a book put out by Family Life. It was a book telling the original Thanksgiving story. The real story. It was a book to read together as a family during the week of Thanksgiving. Reading His-story together! I couldn’t pass it up. This year will be our seventh year reading it together. Barbara Rainey, the author, took time to really think through each night’s readings. There are two options: read everything or read just the bold print. The bold is enough of the story to really get the gist, so it’s perfect for younger kids (which was her plan). There are six readings, but we never remember until Sunday night, so we read double up. Sometimes two a night, sometimes we save the last one for Thanksgiving morning. Since this year we’re eating at a home that must be cleaned and it’s not mine, we’ll probably read the final segment in the morning.
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It’s a story of God’s Providence.
To help the story stick in our kids’ memories, we reenact what has been read aloud that night. Hil.ar.i.ous.
Pilgrims puking. Sailors mocking. People starving.
Massasoit. Squanto. Three Williams.
The bear grease. The corn. The feast.
All of it.
It’s become a wonderful tradition. It really helps us remember the focus of this season and prepares us for Thanksgiving Day in a very special way.
It really is quite a story.
I hope this week you are able to take time to really think through all the ways He has provided for you.
I bet your story really is quite a story too.
Edited 11/2011: We still read this book every year. It is something our family looks forward to and is so stinkin’ memorable. Check out We are THAT Family for lots of suggestions.