Today I practiced Thanksgiving (the table, not the food) in order to showcase a sweet book that helps children give thought to the important act of giving thanks. It's by Tomie dePaola.
I don't know about you, but when I'm planning a special event, I like to do a practice run of my table-scape. Especially for holiday celebrations.
This year I won't be hosting Thanksgiving (we will be visiting my daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons in New York!) But the temperatures here in Southern California have finally started falling, so it actually feels like fall - prompting me to break out my new (old) brown ironstone transferware, and celebrate with this little photo shoot!
In the same way that we practice setting our table, we need to help our children practice being thankful! That's where this joyous book by Tomie de Paola comes in...(want to mention that I got my dishes and this book on Ebay!)
Joy is to be found everywhere - in the sun and moon, stars and comets, mountains and rivers, plants and creatures...in everything, give thanks!
I'm thankful for all my readers, and am offering a Fall Giveaway for the first person to leave a comment here! It's a stenciled burlap "Happy Thanksgiving" Banner...it comes in three pieces, but they can be strung together in one long banner, or however you'd like.
Here's a Thanksgiving giveaway for everyone - this lovely quote from St. Basil the Great:
When you sit down to eat, pray.
When you eat bread, do so thanking Him for being so generous to you.
If you drink wine, be mindful of Him who has given it to you for your pleasure and as a relief in sickness.
When you dress, thank Him for His kindness in providing you with clothes.
When you look at the sky and the beauty of the stars, throw yourself at God’s feet and adore Him who in His wisdom has arranged things in this way.
Similarly, when the sun goes down and when it rises, when you are asleep or awake, give thanks to God, who created and arranged all things for your benefit, to have you know, love and praise their Creator.
-St. Basil the Great