I started a Thanksgiving family tradition a few years ago quite by accident. This tradition has become my absolute favorite. I'm sharing it today, as I do every year, so that our new readers can begin this tradition in their home. This is also a Family Faith Tradition I share in our new book, Not Alone.
Enjoy.....A Tablecloth of Thanks
It’s never too late to start a new tradition in your home, especially one which brings honor to the Lord. I have a story to share and a photo. I also want to give you a chance to share some of your holiday traditions or giggles.
Join in today and share a Thanksgiving holiday tradition from your home or share a funny holiday hiccup.
I will share with you that like many newly married young women, I didn’t realize the turkey was stuffed with bagged giblets. Yep, I cook the turkey with the plastic bag and the giblets still inside. We ate it anyway.
Also, three years ago, I set the oven on fire when I moved the giant bird around. I freaked out. My husband came running. The house was crazy, people were yelling, crying and freaking… Perhaps it was only me doing the yelling, crying and freaking. My calm man put the flames out and to this day, I don’t know how he did it because we didn’t own a fire extinguisher.
The next morning I rose before dawn and went shopping at The Home Depot. NO NOT FOR CHRISTMAS… For a fire extinguisher. And now, every year BEFORE I bake the turkey, I check to make sure the extinguisher is charged and ready.
Today, I'm sharing one of my most favorite family traditions. Here is a post I wrote five years ago for the Internet Cafe. Hope you start a family tradition this year. It's NEVER too late to have a Tablecloth of Thanks.
Tablecloth of Thanks
Many of you know that I am married to an unbeliever. This
past May we celebrated 15 years of marriage. Our unequally yoked
marriage has had its challenges to say the least. Over the years, however, our
ingenious God has maneuvered us through many touchy issues.
Our disparity becomes more apparent during the holidays.
Giving thanks to our Lord in November is a treasured time for me. I name my
blessings one-by-one in prayer, thanking God for His lavish abundance poured
into our lives.
Like most wives living in an unequally yoked marriage, I
long for my spouse to understand there is a God. To know He is intricately
involved in our lives and everything we have is provision of our creator. I have
also learned that forcing God upon my husband is a surefire way to push him
away. I am careful to respect my husband and simply trust Jesus to reach him in
his perfect timing.
In spite of my husband’s unbelief, I discovered a unique way
to draw him into the celebration of thanks, besides through his stomach. He
Four years ago, I threw a new, pristine-white tablecloth
across our dinning room table two weeks prior to Thanksgiving. I purchased
several colored pens and placed them on top. A new tradition was born, a Tablecloth
of Thanks. It began with my daughter. I told her, “I WANT you to write on this
tablecloth.” She looked at me with skepticism in her eyes, wondering if her
mother had lost her mind.
“Really,” my smiled reassured. “Write down what you are most
thankful for this year. Then write the year, 2004, near your name.”
She grinned and began to write using several different
colors. I joined in and wrote my thanks directly on the beautiful tablecloth.
Later that evening my husband noticed the scribbles on the
tablecloth. I watched as he walked over to read our words. I walked to his side
and took his hand. I subtly asked him if he would also write down his thanks.
He smiled and said maybe later.
Finally on the evening of Thanksgiving Day, my husband
picked up a pen and wrote; I am thankful for my wonderful family, great
friends, and a very happy life.
Wow! Was he giving thanks to our Lord? I am not sure. However,
every year since he has continued to write a thankful list. Last year’s entry
reads; I am thankful for all of my blessings…family, friends, and the dogs.
What? Did he use the word blessings? Small steps such as
these lead to the Savior. I can’t wait to read his thankful list this year.
The Thankful Tablecloth is one of my most prized
possessions. Everyone who visits our home during the Thanksgiving holiday
contributes to this permanent memorial of thanks. It is a visible praise to the
King displayed in our unequally yoked home each November.
One of my favorite thanks is this:
I am thankful
to be able to sit
on the couch and have
my people pet me.
Hmmmm, I wonder how the dog grew fingers and learned to
Psalm 69:30 (NIV)
I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with
Lord God, I will name my blessings one-by-one….. Jesus…
eternal life…. clean water to drink…..capacity to love…..empowerment to
forgive….. just for a start…..
It is never too late to start a new tradition. If you want
to start your Tablecloth of Thanks, I have a few helpful hints.
a sheet of butcher paper under your tablecloth. (I have a permanent smiley
face on my dinning room table from the year 2005)
colorfast fabric pens.
your tablecloth in an airtight Ziploc bag.
Thank you my friends for sharing this Holiday
treasure with me. I wish you were with me today and could share your thankful
heart on the Tablecloth of Thanks.
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