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Links for Thanksgiving

I just love Thanksgiving.

I love Christmas, too, of course, but sometimes the oh-so-very-important meaning behind the holiday gets overshadowed by the gifts we exchange.

Thanksgiving doesn’t have that problem. More than any other holiday I can think of, Thanksgiving is a time to simply enjoy good food with the people you love. We are celebrating Thanksgiving with my husband’s family this year—we’ve rented a house a few hours away, and we’ll all be together for several days. I can’t wait.

This Thanksgiving is special in some new ways, too. We’ve been studying American history this year with our boys, and so more than ever before, they’re aware of the rich history behind this holiday and some of its traditions.

If you’re looking for some new books, songs, or traditions to add to your family’s celebration this year, I’ve gathered a list of some of my favorites below:

To Read

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott

This is the Feast by Diane Z. Shore

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dagliesh

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson

Give Thanks Bible reading plan from She Reads Truth

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving All Year

To Listen To

My Thanksgiving Playlist on Spotify

“Stepping Stones,” Part 1 and Part 2, an Adventures in Odyssey story about the Pilgrims

To Make

Chex Party Mix (use the oven method, not the microwave method; it makes a difference!)

A Thanksgiving Tree

Libby’s Pumpkin Pie (expert sources and my dad confirm it’s the best)


I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving!


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