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Northfield Parents Talk: What Does Thanksgiving Mean to Your Child?

Is it about the history of the day? Is it about being thankful? Is it that it's the day before they may or may not get some cheap video games? Is it about seeing family?

This week's question:

What is it you want your child to think of when he or she thinks of Thanksgiving? Is it about the history of the day? Is it about being thankful? Is it that it's the day before they may or may not get some cheap video games? Is it about seeing family?

Let us know what you think. 


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Betsy Gasior November 23, 2011 at 01:06 AM
Thanksgiving, if I asked my children, would be about food. However, we do make sure that we talked a lot about the first Thanksgiving when they were younger so that they had a solid understanding of why we celebrate this day. We also have the boys (and us) write things that they are thankful for on leaves cut out of colored construction paper that we use to decorate the table. We then take turns randomly selecting a leaf and reading them aloud. I try to limit TV and video games so that we can spend time together as a family (it is just our nuclear family that is together on Thanksgiving due to hunting in WI and work schedules). We do, however, enjoy watching the Macy's parade and the Packers if they are playing that day like they are this year. In the evening, we enjoy turkey sandwiches and board games...it's a day of fun and relaxation sandwiched between feelings of thankfulness and love...at least that is what I hope to give them.

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