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A Meaningful Thanksgiving Celebration

Download this FREE super-simple guide for a thoughtful time of sharing thanks for our blessings at Thanksgiving... great for kids and adults!

Would you like a simple, meaningful way to offer thanks to God?

Would you like your Thanksgiving-dinner discussion of “what are you thankful for?” to be answered with more than just a generic “food, faith, and family?”

Would you like to include children and adults of all ages in thanking and praising God?

Download this FREE super-simple guide for a thoughtful time of sharing thanks for our blessings at Thanksgiving... great for kids and adults!

I love eating turkey and sweet potatoes as much as anyone, but sometimes it feels like the purpose of Thanksgiving – thanking the Lord for His blessings – falls to the wayside in the midst of eating delicious food, watching or playing sports, and perhaps getting a head-start on Christmas shopping.

I don’t think we have to choose one or another… we can have a fun day eating too much and then taking a nap before pumpkin pie, while still taking time to meaningfully thank God for His work and blessings. And, we can lead our children to do the same!

Download this FREE super-simple guide for a thoughtful time of sharing thanks for our blessings at Thanksgiving... great for kids and adults!

I’ve put together a simple guide called Not Just Food and Football: A Meaningful Thanksgiving Celebration for All Ages.

It’s a free download containing an outline for a simple Thanksgiving celebration. There are so many resources already for how to roast a great turkey or setting a beautiful Thanksgiving table… so this outline does not include those kinds of resources.

Download this FREE super-simple guide for a thoughtful time of sharing thanks for our blessings at Thanksgiving... great for kids and adults!

Instead, you’ll find:

  • Guidelines for a simple time of thankfulness.
  • 48 discussion prompts, including questions appropriate for non-Christians and for children.
  • Options for a more elaborate celebration, if desired.

Click here to download your free resource. Enter the coupon code: thanksgiving2015 if prompted. You’ll receive your download via email immediately.

You will need to enter your email address to receive the download. Don’t worry – you won’t be signed up for a newsletter or put on any spam lists. I will remind you one time before Thanksgiving to remind you to use this guide, plus once or twice in December with info about a meaningful Christmas guide. That’s it!

Download this FREE super-simple guide for a thoughtful time of sharing thanks for our blessings at Thanksgiving... great for kids and adults!

I hope you enjoy a meaningful Thanksgiving celebration with your loved ones!

Kelly

P.S. Are you new to Faith Passed Down? You can read more about me here. My site is devoted to faith-building ideas for children and teenagers, and every week I send out simple inspiration and tips via email for pointing our kids to Jesus. I just completed a series on 31 Days of Global Missions with Kids, and I have ideas for teaching Jesus to kids of all ages, even babies!

Download this FREE super-simple guide for a thoughtful time of sharing thanks for our blessings at Thanksgiving... great for kids and adults!

Elle’s Baptism

Originally published at faithpasseddown.blogspot.com in 2013

Aside from the day Elle was born, one of the most memorable days of Elle’s life was her baptism day. My husband and I come from a church tradition that baptizes babies, and we chose to have Elle baptized when she was seven weeks old. We knew that she obviously wouldn’t remember that day when she grew up, so we worked hard to make it extra-special, and to record the details so we can continue to celebrate her baptism as she grows up!

The morning started off with snuggles and nap time for Elle with her grandma (my mom, who had come into town early to help us with the baptism festivities), while my husband, Jay, and I got things ready at his mom’s house.

We got dressed and ready to go… Elle ended up wearing two different dresses on her baptism day. I initially wanted her to wear a new dress, so we picked one out from Target before she was even born! But, Jay’s mom had saved the baptism dress that his sisters wore, and we knew it would be special for Elle to be involved in a bit of family history. She ended up wearing the family dress for the baptism itself, and the new Target dress for the party afterward.

We are so grateful for our pastor, who encouraged us to do some special things during the baptism in the church.

First, Jay was able to baptize Elle. Our pastor oversaw it, but Jay was the one actually holding her, pouring the water (our church just pours water on the person’s forehead), and saying the words.

Second, we were able to read a special prayer/blessing over Elle during the service. I got the idea from OhAmanda.com (her blog is down at the moment, but I’ll try to remember to put in the specific link once it’s working again!) – she did something similar for her son’s baby dedication service.

Overall, it was a wonderful, special service.

Afterwards, we went to Jay’s mom’s house for a lunch. We wanted to make this a special celebration day – with at least as much fanfare as we’d do on her birthday! So, we kept things relatively simple, but tried to be festive.

We served pulled pork (kept warm in a crockpot), pasta salad, fruit, bags of chips, and a beautiful cake made by Jay’s sister (a pastry chef in training… isn’t it amazing?)

One of the things I thought hard about before the party was how to make it Christ-centered, and not just a fun (secular) party. I’m not sure that we did this perfectly, but I was pleased with some of the things we tried.

We put together little treat bags for the kids who attended with some playdough and bubbles, and a cute bookmark that says “God will always take care of me.”

The decorations were my favorite part of the party. I am not usually very crafty, but I needed some kind of creative outlet after living the life of a parent of a newborn for the past two months, so my husband was sweet enough to help me make some banners and pinwheels.

In addition, though, we tried to make some specific “Christ-centered” decorations. We took photos of Elle and recorded Bible verses about baptism and new life and attached them to the photos, and then we placed the photos around the room.

We printed out Elle’s blessing and framed it, and my sister had made a beautiful painting for Elle, so those were on display at the party, too. They now both hang in Elle’s room.

We made a tree and had everyone add their “fingerprint” to it as a guestbook (something I had seen on pinterest).

Before we ate cake, we had everyone gather together and Jay prayed a special prayer for Elle.

Finally, after the party was over, I put together some mementos into a “baptism box.” I bought a cheap white shoebox at Michaels’ craft store and used some puff paint to decorate it. Inside, I put the photos with Bible verses, one of the pinwheels we used to decorate, a copy of the sermon our pastor preached that day (on an audio CD), and the cloth and certificate we received from the church. A couple sweet family members gave Elle a small photo album (which I filled with photos from that day), plus a little statue of a praying girl.

Elle’s baptism box sits on her dresser, and we’ve looked through it a couple times together since then (she’s now nine months old). Every year on her baptism birthday (August 19), I hope to look through the box with her. We can look at the photos, perhaps listen to the sermon on CD, and talk about her baptism day. We can read the blessing we wrote for her (we do that frequently already since it hangs on her wall), and enjoy some cake or ice cream too.

I hope Elle’s baptism will always be a special part of her life!