It is a bit bitter sweet for me, because our oldest son is actually not going to be able to make it home for the holiday. sniff, sniff. (He is blessed to go visit his sweet girlfriend’s family!)
Many years ago I gave up trying to get much school done during Thanksgiving week. Instead, we clean, decorate for Christmas, bake and truthfully just bask in the goodness of God.
My Secrets to Thanksgiving Success
- I begin to thaw my 25 pound turkey on Sunday.
- I Decorate for Christmas. (Why do I decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving?)
- Hang Outside light. The kids are being trained to be good husbands and daddies someday, so we have been teaching them how to do this task for the last two years.
- Put up our tree. (Yes, its an artificial one . But it is Gorgeous!) We string the lights and place the ornaments under the tree until after Thanksgiving.
- Decorate the house. My mom gave me a sweet Christmas scene that I always put out each year, this too goes out before Thanksgiving.
- I Plan School for the two weeks in between the Thanksgiving Holiday and our Christmas break and the first week back after the New Year.
- I do not know about you, but I need these few weeks to be light and preplanned. All copies need to be made long before I need them! If I do not have these key weeks planned out, we do not do school.
- I bake pies and breads on Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Wednesday I pull out clean and label all my serving dishes and utensils. I put little post its on each dish with the name of the entrée or side that is destined to be placed there on Thursday. Nothing is worse than finishing your gravy and having to look for your gravy bowl right before dinner. Pull them out ahead and you will be more relaxed.
- Thursday. Thanksgiving Day. This will be my 30ish time cooking and serving Thanksgiving Dinner. We have had years when we celebrate two times so everyone can make it.
- Here is my staple Thanksgiving Menu!
Have a Wonderfully Blessed Thanksgiving!
I am excited to share some of my learning packs with you!
This freebie has some easy and fun Thanksgiving Activities. Great for K-1 graders.
The Pilgrim packet above is full of activities that are great for 2nd-4th graders.
Color by Divisibility is a fun 4-6th grade activity pack.
Here are three of my newest packets.
15 Advent and Christmas Activities
Easy Practice for Order of Operations
Learn and practice the hardest multiplication facts with this fun game
A fun collection of Christmas themed activities