A Terrific Thanksgiving
by Suzy Red
Gobble, gobble! Turkeys are racing around trying to find a
hiding place as we get set for the best holiday of all, Thanksgiving!
To have a terrific holiday, start with hugs, proceed with “yums,”
and end with fun!
Thanksgiving morning begins with your whole
family diving into the car and scooting to your grandparents house.
As you arrive, your Grandma, like a big affectionate bear, should
pick you up and squeeze you as if you were a rag doll. Act
like you like it. When you catch your breath, run around seeing`
your other relatives, but watch out for weird ones like Uncle Mike
who can hardly wait to tie your shoelaces together or stick a cherry
tomato on your nose. Be sure to help your grandma check the
delicious turkey so you can get the first taste.
When all the food is ready, it’s time for
the moment you’ve anticipated for a year: Thanksgiving Dinner!
Be sure to pull out the chairs for your mom, Grandma, and any other
ladies who are dinning with you. Don’t be the first one to
take a bite! You don’t want to look like goober! After
Grandpa says the blessing to thank God for His care during the last
year, Grandma will begin to pass the food to the right. It
is difficult to be patient when everything smells so good, so think
of something to talk about. “Where did you get your pretty new apron,
Grandma?” or “I am going to be an camel in the Christmas pageant
this year at church.” When your plate is finally loaded with
tantalizing vittles, take your time eating, using your best
manners, to make those around you thankful to be sitting beside
After dinner, plan to go outside with your
siblings and cousins for a game of flag football. Ask if you
can use the dinner napkins for flags to stick out of your
back pockets. Talk about the rules to be sure no one gets
hurt, especially the youngest ones. You might need your dad
to referee. He’s big enough to help control Uncle Mike who
is like a tank, determined to flatten everyone in his path when
he gets his hands on the football.
I am thankful for Thanksgiving and for
my family. It is a special time to get together with our family,
to thank God for our good food and blessings, and to have
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