Thanksgiving Week

by GfG on November 23, 2009 · 7 comments

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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.

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.
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.
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Best Life November 23, 2009 at 9:13 am

I haven't seen this book. It's a great idea! Thanks. Lisa~


Amy November 23, 2009 at 3:17 pm

I love good book recommendations! This is going on my to buy list for next year! Thanks.


cajungal01 November 23, 2009 at 9:53 pm

I want one too! You're so amazing Sis, you really are.


Henley on the Horn November 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm

What a great book! I have been searching for one. Thank you.


Sara November 26, 2009 at 7:27 pm

We LOVE ours too. I got my copy last year and it came with a special CD with some dramatic background effects as the story is being read and also a CD of seasonal hymns.

The kids love to listen as we're getting the house ready for company.


Amy November 16, 2011 at 12:24 am

This book has been on our shelf for several years now and I’ve sadly never read it. I will be pulling it down tomorrow!


GfG November 16, 2011 at 8:05 am

You’ll be glad you did, Amy!


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